Breaking: Explosion at U.S. embassy in Athens; Update: Rocket, “terrorism”

posted at 12:23 am on January 12, 2007 by Allahpundit

Originating from inside the complex. No information yet as to what caused it, but “whatever caused the explosion damaged the official embassy sign outside the mission.”

Stand by.

Update: No injuries reported yet. It happened at a little before 6 a.m. local time. The Beeb reports a “mass of emergency vehicles” outside.

Update: Sounds like it was either an accident or a grenade.

The senior police official did not say whether the explosion was set off inside the compound or whether something might have been thrown into the embassy grounds…

The tightly guarded building is surrounded by a 3-meter (9-feet)-high steel fence. Guards are posted at every entrance and at street corners around it…

Local residents called in to state television saying they had felt the explosion, which shattered some windows.

Update: It doesn’t sound too terribly bad, thank god:

“Police have cut off all traffic. I am standing right here but there does not seem to be any damage. Greece’s anti-terror squad are now investigating inside the embassy,” a U.S. embassy employee at the scene told Reuters.

Update: Greek police initially said it happened on the third floor. Now they’re saying it came from outside.

Update: Via Arutz Sheva (which isn’t the most reputable news source), Voice of Israel is reporting that it was a rocket-propelled grenade.

Update: There’s a teaser up at MSNBC — “Police: Blast at U.S. Embassy was an attack.” The State Department says there are no casualties.

Update: According to an eyewitness, “The explosion sounded in the courtyard, then a fire broke out over the central entrance, where the emblem is situated.” Sky News quotes police as saying it was a rocket or bomb. At 6 in the morning?

Update: One cop calls it a “shell” and says it was fired from street level. Greek counterterror officials tell CNN it was, indeed, an RPG. Reuters says it landed in a restroom on the third floor.

Update: The launcher has been at a nearby construction site.

Update: Greek police have received phone calls claiming responsibility on behalf of the Marxist group Revolutionary Struggle.


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BBC is now reporting might have been tossed into the embassy. Doesnt seem to have done much damage

William Amos on January 12, 2007 at 12:34 AM

I bet it was a muslim-greek

Ropera on January 12, 2007 at 12:35 AM

Sorry wasnt BBC was Rueters

William Amos on January 12, 2007 at 12:35 AM

What is Rueters? :)

Ropera on January 12, 2007 at 12:36 AM

Boring night…I know

Ropera on January 12, 2007 at 12:36 AM

I think it was another partly-successful North Korean nuke test.

stonemeister on January 12, 2007 at 12:37 AM

…with a yield of 100 microtons.

stonemeister on January 12, 2007 at 12:38 AM

Since this is running on Fox at the moment, too, this seems as appropriate a time as any (meaning, not particularly) to point out that they can go ahead and make “Hannity and Powers” a permanent arrangement any old time they want.

Blacklake on January 12, 2007 at 12:39 AM

BREAKING: A vacationing Rosie O’Donnell apologized and took responsibility after admitting to having a McDonald’s breakfast borrito before her flight over this morning.

RightWinged on January 12, 2007 at 12:41 AM

LMAO @ stonemeister

infidel4life on January 12, 2007 at 12:41 AM

A little before 6am?

Okay, here’s my “not yet confirmed by independent sources” prediction:

Something planted beforehand to be set off by cell phone, but someone dialed the wrong number.

Editor on January 12, 2007 at 12:44 AM

I’m going with the “Rosie with the burrito on the grassy knoll” theory.

Probably just a greek tinfoil-hat who had a grenade.

stonemeister on January 12, 2007 at 12:49 AM

I’ll just say i understand my prediction to be very, very weak (what with the planting a bomb inside gate and all), but hey, if it’s right I look like genius for once.

Editor on January 12, 2007 at 12:53 AM

Since this is running on Fox at the moment, too, this seems as appropriate a time as any (meaning, not particularly) to point out that they can go ahead and make “Hannity and Powers” a permanent arrangement any old time they want.

Blacklake on January 12, 2007 at 12:39 AM

I’ll drool to that!

infidel4life on January 12, 2007 at 12:53 AM

If my Rosie/breakfast burrito theory doesn’t pan out, I’d like to be the first to “question the timing” and submit that Karl Rove’s finger prints are all over this. If this story turns up in someone’s socks or under a construction trailer, we can consider other avenues, but right now it’s all Rove.

RightWinged on January 12, 2007 at 12:57 AM

Outside? Premature explosion? A protester trying to one-up the flamer from Germany?

Editor on January 12, 2007 at 1:02 AM

my Rosie/breakfast burrito theory…

RightWinged on January 12, 2007 at 12:57 AM

Before now I never thought it was possible to ruin one’s appetite into the next day…

infidel4life on January 12, 2007 at 1:31 AM

Wow, am I psychic!?

Just read AP’s latest update:

Update: The launcher has been at a nearby construction site.

Remember what I said an hour ago?

If my Rosie/breakfast burrito theory doesn’t pan out, I’d like to be the first to “question the timing” and submit that Karl Rove’s finger prints are all over this. If this story turns up in someone’s socks or under a construction trailer, we can consider other avenues, but right now it’s all Rove.

RightWinged on January 12, 2007 at 12:57 AM

This changes everything… Perhaps this wasn’t all Rove, and we should take a look at Sandy Berger. These stolen archive documents will self destruct launch a rocket in 5 seconds…

RightWinged on January 12, 2007 at 2:07 AM

Great. Now the terrorists are attacking our restrooms. Mr. President, can we finally take the gloves off now?! Because the last thing any of us needs is an RPG to come flying in while we’re trying to pinch off a Senator Durbin.

ReubenJCogburn on January 12, 2007 at 2:11 AM

Because the last thing any of us needs is an RPG to come flying in while we’re trying to pinch off a Senator Durbin.

ReubenJCogburn on January 12, 2007 at 2:11 AM

lol, that’s classic man.

On a more serious note, did anyone find it odd that Durbin was the Dems’ man to come out and give the Democrat rebuttal last night? The man who called Gitmo guards Nazis, etc.? Once again America, THIS is your Democratic Party… congratulations on electing these POSs and ushering in the beginnig of the end.

RightWinged on January 12, 2007 at 2:17 AM

On a more serious note, did anyone find it odd that Durbin was the Dems’ man to come out and give the Democrat rebuttal last night? The man who called Gitmo guards Nazis, etc.? Once again America, THIS is your Democratic Party… congratulations on electing these POSs and ushering in the beginnig of the end.

RightWinged on January 12, 2007 at 2:17 AM

Personally, I think the choice of a well-established America-hater like Durbin was another big sloppy wet kiss to the nutroots, and that the official motto of the Democratic Party is now “Lose At All Costs!” But that’s just me, and I have this tendency to believe the worst about politicians whose every move makes the terrorists stand up and cheer.

ReubenJCogburn on January 12, 2007 at 2:39 AM

I bet it was a muslim-greek

Ropera on January 12, 2007 at 12:35 AM

Bigot! It was a Greek-Orthodox attack.

Tim Burton on January 12, 2007 at 2:50 AM

17 November

A splinter group, actually, calling themselves “Revolutionary Struggle” made of 17 November members who are not in prison.

Spiny Norman on January 12, 2007 at 3:39 AM

I hope it wasn’t the Executive Washroom that was damaged! The Department of Protective Services said they were investigating the damaged toilets, but as of right now they had nothing to go on. Ba doom boom tsschh.

BirdFLU on January 12, 2007 at 6:09 AM

A splinter group, actually, calling themselves “Revolutionary Struggle” made of 17 November members who are not in prison.

Spiny Norman on January 12, 2007 at 3:39 AM

Seems to fit the profile:

While face-to-face assassination was their early modus operandi, the group later used rockets and bombs stolen from Greek military facilities. Over 50 rocket attacks were claimed by 17N, starting with an attack on a Greek police bus in which 14 were wounded and 1 killed.

Good grief.

THeDRiFTeR on January 12, 2007 at 6:26 AM

Hezbollah anyone?

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 12, 2007 at 7:01 AM

It was Colonel Mustard, in the Conservatory, with the Pipe… Bomb…

I’ll bet a shrapnel hit a pigeon. Call PETA, they can help.

Ringmaster on January 12, 2007 at 7:02 AM

I am Greek and I demand reparations.

Where are Jesse Jacksopolous and Al Sharpotou?

Metro on January 12, 2007 at 7:07 AM

Colonel Mustard is so mis-understood…..it’s that Peacock lady I’m telling ya….

Limerick on January 12, 2007 at 8:15 AM

Colonel Mustard is so mis-understood…..it’s that Peacock lady I’m telling ya….

Limerick on January 12, 2007 at 8:15 AM

You mean Pelosi?

right2bright on January 12, 2007 at 9:13 AM

A Marxist group? That’s *SO* 1980′s!

I’m with E.L. Fred, gotta be Hezbollah, in retaliation for our arrest of Iranian terr … “diplomats” … in Iraq.

Tony737 on January 12, 2007 at 9:18 AM

I like killing Commies more than killing Jihadi’s though.

Commies squirm.

It’s cute.

Jihadis just smell funny.

Ringmaster on January 12, 2007 at 9:24 AM

On sefond though (ouch, my brain hurts!) if it were the Hezbos, they would’ve waited til the building was full of people. Maybe the commies don’t really wanna hurt anybody, you know, a kinder, gentler communism.

Tony737 on January 12, 2007 at 9:32 AM

ooops! I meant “On second thought” sheesh!

Anyway, Fox is now saying it was an anti-tank round fired by leftists. Hhhmmm, commies and jihadis, on the same side? Can’t we get them to fight each other?

Tony737 on January 12, 2007 at 9:36 AM

Greek police have received phone calls claiming responsibility on behalf of the Marxist group Revolutionary Struggle

The left wing/islamoterrorist alliance has consolidated itself for the moment.

Valiant on January 12, 2007 at 10:13 AM

Yepper, gotta love that Marxist/Islamist axis.

spmat on January 12, 2007 at 10:33 AM

Proof that the political far left and the religious far right CAN find ways of working together… The only thing fascists and communists can agree on is “You gotta break some eggs to make an omelet.”

mikeomatic on January 12, 2007 at 11:52 AM

ANti-American attack on a US Embassy the day after we sieze an Iranian facility? Coincidence? I think not. But then again, the Iranians would plan and execute attacks against our embassies even if we DIDN’T seize one of their weapons smuggling facilities.

Jones Zemkophill on January 12, 2007 at 12:05 PM

Communism making a comeback?
Victory parade in San Francisco

Defector01 on January 12, 2007 at 12:15 PM

Well was this a case of terrorism or tourism?

LakeRuins on January 12, 2007 at 1:42 PM

A Marxist group? That’s *SO* 1980’s!

I’m with E.L. Fred, gotta be Hezbollah, in retaliation for our arrest of Iranian terr … “diplomats” … in Iraq.

Tony737 on January 12, 2007 at 9:18 AM

Unless you are in Latin America.

Rick on January 12, 2007 at 3:53 PM