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Militants blamed in Embassy attack

Published January 13, 2007



A rocket-propelled grenade slammed into the U.S. Embassy in Athens on Friday, causing limited damage and no injuries but reviving fears of a resurgence of far-left Greek militant groups that carried out deadly attacks over three decades.

The shoulder-fired missile narrowly missed a large blue-and-white U.S. seal on the embassy's facade and damaged a third-floor bathroom near the ambassador's office.

U.S. Ambassador Charles Ries called the attack "very serious."

Greek authorities blamed domestic militant groups that have carried out bombings against police and government buildings despite a crackdown on terrorism.


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[Last modified January 13, 2007, 01:15:42]

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