Terrorist attack against French Embassy in Athens

10 November 2016
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An attack with an explosive device against the French Embassy, on Vasilisis Avenue, occurred on the morning of Thursday at 5am. According to reports, two individuals riding a motorcycle threw what police believe to be a hand grenade at the main entrance, slightly injuring the officer on guard in his foot. The attackers managed to escape towards the area of Exacrhia, according to the President of the special guards’ unit, Vasilis Doumas, who spoke to Skai TV. The French Embassy is located opposite the Greek parliament at Syntagma Square in one of the most highly guarded areas in Athens. The attack occurred only days before the official visit of US President Barrack Obama to Athens. Following the terrorist attack, police units condoned off surrounding roads, while authorities are collecting information from video footage recorded on security cameras and accounts on the description of the two assailants. In the past two similar attacks with hand grenades had been carried out by terrorist groups known as “Revolutionary Sect” in 2009, and “Revolutionary Struggle”.

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