3 face terrorism charges for arson against Greek religious group

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THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A Greek prosecutor on Wednesday filed terrorism charges against three people accused of participating in an arson attack by an extremist anarchist group against an Orthodox Christian religious society in the northern city of Thessaloniki.

The suspects, two 35-year-old men and a 20-year-old woman, all Greek citizens, were arrested on Tuesday shortly after the attack with an incendiary device that damaged the entrance to the building but left no one injured.

All three have been charged with belonging to a terrorist organization, committing a terrorist act with the use of explosives, as well as endangering life, damaging property and setting fire. criminal.


A police statement said they were believed to belong to a group called Organization Anarchist Action which had been involved in several similar attacks since 2016. It said a search of the suspects’ home revealed a handgun and ammunition, clothing and insignia of the police and first aid services, flammable. chemicals, a manual on making incendiary devices and stolen identity cards.

Small extremist anarchist groups have proliferated in Greece in recent decades, typically using small incendiary devices to attack symbols of authority or wealth. The country has a long history of far-left political violence, culminating in a series of murders between 1975 and 2000 by the November 17 group, which was eradicated in 2002.

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