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Revolutionary Struggle did bourse hit

The terrorist group Revolutionary Struggle has claimed responsibility for a car bomb that went off outside the Athens Exchange last Wednesday, causing extensive damage and one injury, police said yesterday, noting that a proclamation sent to the far-left weekly Pontiki by the group is to be published in the paper today. «On September 2 we attacked the shrine to money, the Athens Exchange, loading an expropriated van with 150 kilograms of ammonium nitrate – fuel oil,» the proclamation begins. In their claim of responsibility, anticipated by police who had linked the methodology of last week’s attack to the group, the militants threaten police as well as those working for financial institutions and politicians. «Those who are responsible for the crisis, the major shareholders, the golden boys, the capitalists, will pay for their criminal actions and no state mechanism will be able to protect them,» another extract reads. The proclamation also warns police «to put down their guns if they want to save their lives,» in a reference to a bloodless attack on a branch of Eurobank in the Athens suburb of Argyroupoli in May, for which the group also claimed responsibility, when a patrol car stumbled across the terrorists as they fled the scene. Last Wednesday’s explosion outside the Athens bourse came less than an hour after another bomb targeted the Macedonia-Thrace Ministry in Thessaloniki. The Thessaloniki hit was claimed earlier this week by a smaller terror group called Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire but officers believe the two groups had coordinated their attacks.