Greek leftists suspected in Athens attack

Jan. 12, 2007 at 9:20 AM
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LONDON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- A Greek left-wing radical group has claimed responsibility for the rocket attack on the U.S. Embassy in Athens.

The British Broadcasting Corporation, in a report from its correspondent in the Greek Capital, said authorities were investigating the claim of responsibility by the group Revolutionary Struggle, which is believed by experts to the country's most active domestic terror group.

Revolutionary Struggle is said to be an anarchist, anti-capitalist cell opposed to the government's conservative economic and social policies as well as U.S. intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The group emerged in 2003 after Greek authorities caught and imprisoned leaders of the far-left November 17 group, which had killed more than 20 people in a number of attacks against government and foreign targets in the country, the report said.

Greek police said a single rocket was fired at the embassy early Friday morning.

"A self-propelled explosive was fired at 0558 (local time) from the surrounding area, causing minor damage to the front windows and roof," the BBC quoted a statement from the Greek Public Order Ministry.

There were no injuries.

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