Incident Summary:

11/10/2016: Two assailants threw a grenade at the French Embassy in Athens, Attica, Greece. A police officer was injured in the blast. The Organization for Revolutionary Self Defense claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that they carried out the attack in response to French interference in the Middle East and its treatment of refugees.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Specific Description Embassy
Nationality of Target France
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Hellenic Police
Specific Description Officer
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 Grenade
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
Organization for Revolutionary Self Defense Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
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
"Athens - Grenade thrown at French embassy in Greece, policeman hurt," AFP (North European Service), November 10, 2016.
"'Revolutionary Self Defense Organization' claims embassy attacks," To Vima Online English, November 15, 2016.
"Far-left Greek group claims French embassy attack," Agence France-Presse Top News (English), t, November 14, 2016.