Group claims failed bank bomb amid fears of new hit

With police on standby amid fears of a new terrorist hit, an unknown group calling itself “Anarchist Attack Consortium” has claimed responsibility for a failed bomb attack on a bank in the northern Athenian suburb of Halandri on December 10.

In a posting on an anarchist website on Christmas Day, the group said it was acting in solidarity with jailed bank robber and anarchist Nikos Romanos, who ended a month-long hunger strike in demand of educational leave from prison on December 10. The group said the bomb planted outside the Halandri branch of Eurobank failed to go off because of a fault in its construction.

Also on Christmas Day, arsonists damaged the offices of neofascist Golden Dawn in Maroussi, north of Athens, using a gas canister bomb.

Police are bracing for a new hit, possibly against a human target, following a rifle attack on the Israeli Embassy on December 12.