Athens Blast Labeled Terrorist Act

January 12, 2007

Update2: Launcher Found

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A rocket was fired at the U.S. embassy early Friday, striking the front of the building but causing no injuries. A senior police official said the blast was an act of terrorism.

Police cordoned off streets around the heavily guarded building after the explosion shortly before 6 a.m. The shell struck the third floor and smashed glass in nearby buildings.

Investigators found the device used to fire the rocket shell at a construction site near the embassy.

Update: Many tracking Allah has a lot of links h/t Ace.

ATHENS, Greece  — Police cordoned off streets around the U.S. Embassy in Athens early Friday after an explosion inside the embassy compound that a senior police official said was an "act of terrorism."

The blast smashed glass in the front of the building near the U.S. emblem of the embassy.

"This is an act of terrorism. We don’t know where from," Attica Police Chief Asimakis Golfis said. "There was a shell that exploded in the toilets of the building … It was fired from street level."

Authorities searched nearby apartment buildings and a hospital amid reports that an explosive device may have been fired at the building. The blast smashed glass in the front of the building, near the U.S. emblem of the embassy.

"I heard a loud bang I didn’t realize what was going on," said Giorgos Yiannoulis, who runs a kiosk near the embassy.

Police did not report any injuries and embassy officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Traffic came to a standstill across parts of central Athens, as police and emergency services scrambled to the embassy building.

The U.S. Embassy — a heavily guarded building — is a frequent destination for protest groups but American officials have not been targeted in more than a decade.

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  1. Carl says:

    The Greeks hate our freedom. They must be smoked out and brought to justice.

  2. snapped shot says:

    Athens Embassy Attacked?!

    A terrorist attack has been committed against the U.S. Embassy in Greece. I guess that means that this won’t be a slow news day, after all?
    When I first heard about the story, it occurred to me that it could’ve been perpetrated by a number of groups,

  3. Phoenix says:

    You’re Greek, Carl?

  4. Phoenix says:

    check out Dubya’s map and Reagan’s map. (Reagan’s is hotlinked in Dubya’s first line.)
    ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*\DAN/*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ Can you make that link hot? Please? :)
    (The maps are hilarious.)

  5. Phoenix says:

    Well, ain’t I a magician? Yay! :)
    Nevermind….. :)

  6. Rocket fired at American embassy in Greece

    And guess who claimed responsibility for the attack? A left wing organization (Hat tip: Blogs of War):