Greek far-left group claims Citibank attacks

12th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

In a statement sent to Greek weekly Pontiki, far-left group Revolutionary Struggle said it exploded a bomb outside a Citibank branch north of Athens on Monday that caused significant damage but no injuries.

Athens -- A Greek extremist group known for its violent attacks on Wednesday claimed responsibility for two recent bombs targeting US banking group Citibank, a police source said.

In a statement sent to Greek weekly Pontiki, far-left group Revolutionary Struggle said it exploded a bomb outside a Citibank branch north of Athens on Monday that caused significant damage but no injuries.

Revolutionary Struggle also said it had placed a powerful car bomb outside the bank's Athens headquarters in the district of Kifissia that was defused by police.

The bomb, consisting of two clocks, batteries and fertiliser-based explosives packed in five gas cylinders, was hidden in the car trunk and could have taken out the building had it detonated, police said at the time.

Banks in Greece are routinely targeted in arson attacks by suspected anarchist groups but the usual explosives of choice are petrol-filled bottles and weaker gas canisters bombs.

Revolutionary Struggle is best known for a rocket attack on the American embassy in 2007 and features on the European Union's list of terrorist groups.

Greece saw a wave of attacks by far-left groups recently following the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old by a policeman in December that also sparked protests and street violence around the country.

It also marked Revolutionary Struggle's re-emergence after over a year of inactivity. Wielding assault weapons, the group carried out two shooting attacks on police and nearly killed a young officer.

AFP/Expatica

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