Greek guerrillas claim police shooting, other attacks

The Revolutionary Struggle urban guerrillas said in a pamphlet sent to a weekly publication they were behind the shooting.

Greek guerrillas claim police shooting, other attacks

Greece's most militant left-wing guerrilla group claimed responsibility on Wednesday for the shooting of a policeman last week and two other attacks, police sources said.

The Revolutionary Struggle urban guerrillas said in a pamphlet sent to a weekly publication they were behind the shooting, which left a 21-year-old police officer seriously wounded, as well as an attack on a police bus in December and the foiled bombing of Shell's headquarters in Athens.

"The anti-terrorist squad has gone to the Pondiki weekly's offices and is investigating," police spokesman Panagiotis Stathis told Reuters.

The Jan. 5 shooting of a riot policeman guarding the Culture Ministry followed Greece's worst rioting in decades in December, triggered by the police killing of a teenager and fuelled by anger at government scandals and economic hardship.

About a year after the capture of the deadly November 17 leftist urban guerrilla group in 2002, Revolutionary Struggle emerged as Greece's most violent militant group with a series of bombings aimed at ministries and police.

Its most audacious action was a rocket propelled grenade attack against the U.S. embassy in January 2007, in which no-one was injured, but the group had fallen quiet for nearly a year and police believed it to be inactive.

It has regularly claimed responsibility for its attacks in statements published in the Pondiki satirical weekly.

Reuters
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