Greek officials are continuing the manhunt for the perpetrators of the shooting attack directed at the Israeli Embassy in Athens on Friday, 20 Kislev. Police are reporting that left-wing extremists are believed to be responsible for the attack which included firing an AK-47 Kalashnikov assault rifle at the Israeli diplomatic complex. Baruch Hashem that attack occurred in the middle of the night and there was no one around. There were no fatalities or injuries in the attack which involved gunfire from a passing motorcycle.
It is also reported that two local policemen manning a security booth when the attack occurred at 03:15 failed to respond to the gunfire in a timely fashion, permitting the assailants to flee the scene. Crime scene investigators found 56 shells in the area and to date, no organization has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Authorities believe the left-wing extremists Group of Popular Rebels is responsible for firing at the home of the German Ambassador to Greece in December 2013 also carried out this attack, explaining a ballistic match from the shells recovered from that scene and the shells from the latest incident. Investigators add the modus operandi was the same in both attacks.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)