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Greek terror group claims attacks on police

Greek terror group claims attacks on police

The Greek terrorist group Revolutionary Struggle has claimed responsibility for recent attacks on police in Athens, authorities said Wednesday.
Police said the group sent a statement to the weekly Pontiki newspaper saying it carried out a Dec. 23 shooting attack on a riot police bus and a Jan. 5 shooting in which one officer was seriously wounded.
The attacks followed Greece's worst riots in decades, which were sparked by the fatal police shooting of a teenager last month.
The newspaper is published on Thursdays, and details of the statement were not immediately available Wednesday. Officials at the newspaper were not available for comment.
The claim of responsibility raised concerns about a resurgence of violence by radical groups in Greece.
Two years ago, the same group, the far-left Revolutionary Struggle, claimed responsibility for an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Athens using a rocket-propelled grenade. After that attack, the United States offered a $1 million reward for information leading to the capture of the terrorist group members.
On Wednesday, police said Revolutionary Struggle had also claimed responsibility for a third attack; an attempted bombing on Oct. 24 of the Greek offices of oil giant Royal Dutch Shell PLC in Athens.
Suspicion about the recent shootings had already fallen on Revolutionary Struggle. Police matched a bullet casing found at the scene of the Jan. 5 attack to a gun used in a previous attack by the far-left group.
Greece was troubled by terrorist violence in recent decades, but cracked down on violent groups before the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
The country's deadliest terrorist group, called November 17, killed 23 people in shootings and bombings between 1975 and 2002 before a botched bombing led police to capture key group members.
In its annual report on terrorism last year, the U.S. State Department said it believed the two groups could be linked.
"Revolutionary Struggle is a radical leftist group, which aligned itself with the ideology of N17 and may have incorporated some previous members of N17," the report said.
Revolutionary Struggle first appeared in 2003 and has carried out at least six bombings, targeting police stations, government ministries, a bank and a courthouse.
Michalis Chrisochoidis, a public order minister in the previous Socialist government, said he believed Revolutionary Struggle posed a serious challenge for Greece's police.
"These people are determined and take risks," Chrisochoidis said in a radio interview last week. "This is a new generation of terrorists _ young people, I believe _ who have decided to start a new cycle of violence and bloodshed which, however, will be more violent and more murderous than the past."


Updated : 2021-06-25 19:05 GMT+08:00