Far-left militants claim Athens blast

2016-10-13 19:07
Police tape off the area where a bomb went off in Athens (AP).

Police tape off the area where a bomb went off in Athens (AP).

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Athens - A far-left militant group claimed responsibility on Thursday for a small bomb that exploded in the heart of Athens, saying it had targeted the home of a "vindictive" prosecutor.

Greek police said earlier they believed a right-wing bookshop on the ground floor of the prosecutor's apartment building, outside of which the bomb went off on Wednesday night, was the target.

The blast, caused by a small explosive device that caused minor damage, came after a phone call was placed to a left-wing newspaper warning of the imminent attack, leading police to cordon off the area.

In a statement posted on the alternative Indymedia website, Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei, some of whose members have been convicted of bombings, said it had targeted Georgia Tsatani as a "symbolic act".

Tsatani works as a prosecuting magistrate in the Athens court of appeal.

The group accused Tsatani, a controversial figure in Greece, of having buried legal cases implicating right-wing politicians and of opposing the release from jail of a partner of one of the group's members.

"Magistrates' vindictive tendencies against our comrades' families is a choice for which they will pay heavily," it warned.

In the past 10 years, hundreds of arson and bomb attacks in Greece have hit financial, diplomatic and political targets, with police blaming extremist groups.

Such attacks have grown rarer in recent years, however, with several fringe groups now dismantled.

Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei, listed as a terrorist organisation by the United States, was very active in the first decade of this century, when it sent parcel bombs to European leaders and embassies and carried out a wave of arson and bomb attacks.

Police in 2011 carried out several arrests and said they had dismantled the group.

However, there have since been sporadic arson hits against government targets in support of jailed Conspiracy members, many of them carried out in the name of an Italian-based outfit, the Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI).

Read more on:    greece

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.