Group claims November 6 armed attack on riot police

Group claims November 6 armed attack on riot police

An group calling itself Revolutionary Self-Defense has claimed responsibility for an armed attack on a riot police unit in central Athens earlier this month.

In a statement posted on an anti-establishment website, the group admitted to firing a shot at a riot van parked in from of the offices of PASOK on Harilaou Trikoupi Street on January 10 as a “warning” and then “attacking again” on November 6.

Two police officers came under fire on the night of November 6 by a man armed with an assault rifle, but were able to duck for cover as they spotted the assailant approaching. The gunman made off on a motorcycle being driven by an accomplice but the shell casings found at the site pointed investigators to Revolutionary Self-Defense.

The group has previously assumed responsibility for firing shots at the PASOK offices in 2014, as well as at the Mexican Embassy in the summer of 2016, where it is believed the same gun was used as in the more recent attack. It has also admitted to detonating a hand grenade outside the French Embassy in November 2016, injuring a guard.

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