Incident Summary:

12/22/2017: An explosive device detonated at the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights Appeals Court in Athens, Attica, Greece. Assailants also opened fire on a security guard as they were leaving the court after planting the device. There were no reported casualties in the attack. The Group of Popular Fighters claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the "judicial system is not blind, but serves the interests of capitalists."




Western Europe

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
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 Appeals Court
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 Time Fuse
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
A timed explosive device planted inside a bag and a semiautomatic rifle 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
"Athens - Bomb explodes outside Greek court, no casualties: police," AFP (North European Service), December 22, 2017.
"Xinhua: Greek Urban Guerrilla Group Claims Responsibility For Athens Court Bomb," Xinhua, December 27, 2017.
"Singapore: Bomb explodes outside Greek court, no casualties: Police," Channel NewsAsia Online, December 22, 2017.