Incident Summary:

08/08/2016: Assailants threw four Molotov cocktails at the Church of Greece's Holy Synod in Athens, Attica, Greece. There were no reported casualties in the attack. Unrepentant Anarchists claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack was carried out in retaliation for authorities forcing anarchists out of buildings they were squatting in illegally.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Holy Synod Headquarters
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
Incendiary Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
Four Molotov cocktails 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
Unrepentant Anarchists 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
"Arsonists target Church of Greece offices in central Athens,", August 8, 2016.
"Gov't spokeswoman calls arson attack on Holy Synod offices 'abhorrent',", August 8, 2016.
"State PAO: Greek Media Reaction Report 16 August 2016," US Embassy Public Affairs Office, August 16, 2016.