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Central command directing attacks

Recent terrorist attacks claimed by the established Revolutionary Struggle and the more recently emerged Sect of Revolutionaries are being directed by the same group of people, high-ranking police officers believe. Since December, the two groups have carried out a number of attacks, including on police stations, banks and public buildings, but officers think that these armed raids and bombings are being coordinated by the same people. «It’s clear that the targets are being chosen by a number of individuals who have been involved in this kind of thing in the past,» a police officer who preferred to remain anonymous told Sunday’s Kathimerini. «Now, these people are trying to take advantage of the general situation and make further efforts to revive rebellious activity.» The police’s decision to place stock in this theory largely rests on the change in tone of the proclamation issued by Revolutionary Struggle after it admitted responsibility for a powerful explosion outside a Citibank branch in Filothei, northern Athens, earlier this month and a 60-kilogram car bomb outside the headquarters of Citibank in Kifissia on February 18, which failed to detonate. The group appeared to attempt to justify its actions by citing the role of banks in the international economic crisis, which experts regard as an attempt to gain more popular support for their attacks. Officers believe that Revolutionary Struggle was also behind a bomb blast last week outside the offices of the Hellenic Public Real Estate Corporation, close to police headquarters. But they suspect that a different group that has carried out bomb attacks in the past and which is called Popular Will might claim responsibility for the blast. Nevertheless, officers point out that only Revolutionary Struggle has exploded a remote-controlled bomb such as the one that went off last week.