Incident Summary:

12/30/2013: Assailants opened fire on the residence of Wolfgang Dold in Athens city, Attica region, Greece. Dold, the German Ambassador, was not harmed as there were no reported casualties in the assault. The Group of Popular Fighters claimed responsibility for the attack and stated that it was carried out in order to express solidarity with those whose living standards have been negatively affected by austerity measures. The group also stated that the attck was carried out in memory of Dimitris Christoulas, a pensioner who shot himself in April 2012 to protest the austerity measures.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity German Federal Foreign Office
Specific Description Residence of Ambassador: Wolfgang Dold
Nationality of Target Germany
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
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Two AK-47s were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Group of Popular Fighters 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 / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Shots fired at German ambassador residence in Athens," Agence France Presse -- English, December 30, 2013.
"German envoy's Athens home attacked," BBC, December 30, 2013.
"Gunmen in Greece Attack German Ambassador's Residence," New York Times, December 30, 2013.