January 12, 2007

Explosion At US Embassy in Athens (Updated, Bumped)

Update by Vinnie: MargaReuterVille is reporting that it was a rocket attack:

ATHENS (Reuters) - Attackers fired a rocket at the U.S. embassy in Athens on Friday but no one was hurt, police and the U.S. embassy said.

Greek anti-terrorist officers were on the scene.

"This was a rocket attack launched from a building across the street. It landed inside a toilet on the third floor of the embassy," a senior police official told Reuters.

Breaking...

CNN is running a red banner reporting an explosion of some kind at our Embassy in Greece

Apparent Explosion rips through U.S. Embassy compound in Athens, Greece. No details on injuries or damage yet. Details soon.
Developing....

Via Daily Telagraph:

It was not clear what caused the blast inside the building and there was no immediate word on casualties.

Police cordoned off all roads around the embassy.

Four fire engines arrived at the scene amid reports that the explosion struck the embassy's third floor at 5.55am (2.55pm AEDT), the fire department said.

Police officials at the scene said that whatever caused the explosion damaged the embassy sign outside the mission but there was little other indication of the extent of damage inside.

The office was due to be closed on Monday.

The US Embassy in Athens and the consular services in Thessaloniki will be closed on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King’s birthday, a US national holiday.
There is some other terrorism related news on the page about the November 17th bombings. I'm not suggesting they are related but it is an interesting coincidence.
A council of appeals court judges decided yesterday that two members of the November 17 terrorist group, Savvas Xeros and Dimitris Koufodinas, should not face charges in connection with an explosion in January 2001 at the entrance to an apartment block...
Also worth noting that Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns spoke in Athens Wednesday.

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