Incident Summary:

06/03/2013: An explosive device comprised of gas canisters detonated outside the office of Giorgos Sourlas, the General Secretary of the Justice Ministry, in Athens city, Attica region, Greece. One person from a nearby apartment building was injured in the explosion; however, Sourlas was unharmed. This was one of three coordinated attacks in Athens on this day. The Proletariat Self-defense Groups claimed responsibility for the incident, stating that Sourlas had suppressed demonstrations and union activities.




Western Europe

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Location Details:
Incident occurred on Michalakopoulou Street in the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights
Specific Description Office of General Secretary for Transparency: Giorgos Sourlas
Nationality of Target Greece
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
An explosive device made with three gas canisters was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Proletariat Self-defense Groups Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Small gas canister bombs explode in Athens," Reuters, June 3, 2013.
"Unknown group claims arson attack on Greek politician's office,", June 6, 2013.
"Greek Political Parties Condemn Firebomb Attacks Against Justice Ministry's General Secretary, IOBE," ANA-MPA, June 3, 2013.