Bal­lis­tic tests iden­tify ter­ror group

Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Self-De­fense car­ried out armed at­tack on po­lice at PASOK of­fices

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Bal­lis­tic tests on bul­let cas­ings col­lected from the scene of an armed at­tack on po­lice at the head­quar­ters of the PASOK party in cen­tral Athens on Tues­day have re­vealed that the Kalash­nikov as­sault ri­fle used in the hit was the same as that fired at the same of­fices in May 2014 and at the Mex­i­can Em­bassy in Athens in July. The lat­ter two at­tacks were both claimed by the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Self-De­fense ur­ban guer­rilla group.

There had been no claim of re­spon­si­bil­ity by late last night for Tues­day’s at­tack out­side the PASOK of­fices, which in­jured a po­lice of­fi­cer, but po­lice are cer­tain that Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Self-De­fense planned the at­tack. Ac­cord­ing to sources, po­lice also be­lieve the same per­pe­tra­tor could be be­hind this lat­est hit. Footage from se­cu­rity cam­eras in a store close to the PASOK of­fices showed a tall, masked man fir­ing an as­sault ri­fle at the build­ing and then flee­ing on foot.

Author­i­ties think it likely that Tues­day’s at­tack was car­ried out as an act of re­venge fol­low­ing last week’s ar­rest of Pana­giota Roupa, a lead­ing mem­ber of the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Strug­gle ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion.

In a re­lated devel­op­ment, jailed Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Strug­gle leader Nikos Mazi­o­tis lashed out against Jus­tice Min­is­ter Stavros Kon­to­nis and Ci­ti­zens’ Pro­tec­tion Min­is­ter Nikos Toskas in a state­ment posted on the an­ar­chist web­site Indy­, say­ing the two cab­i­net of­fi­cials “need a bul­let in the head.”

Roupa joined Mazi­o­tis at At­tica’s high-se­cu­rity Ko­ry­dal­los Prison ear­lier this week. Their 5-year-old son, who was with Roupa at the time of her ar­rest last Thurs­day, was handed to his grand­mother by author­i­ties.

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