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Greek Anarchist Firebombing Police

September 4, 2000

ATHENS, Greece (AP) _ Two people on a motorcycle tossed gasoline bombs at a suburban Greek police station Monday to protest the government’s new anti-terrorism measures _ including expanded cooperation with U.S. officials.

Fires lit by the three bombs caused minor damage but no injuries, police said.

A group claiming to represent all Greek anarchist groups claimed responsibility for the attack at the station in Papagou, about three miles northeast of central Athens.

In an anonymous call to an Athens newspaper, the group said the attack was ``the welcome for the new terrorist law,″ police said. It was also ``in support to all the imprisoned anarchist fighters.″

On Sunday, a time bomb damaged a British car dealership in Athens but caused no injuries. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast and it was unclear whether the two attacks were linked.

Greece’s public order minister, Mihalis Chrisohoidis, plans to visit Washington this week to sign a counterterrorism pact, which would allow for a greater exchange of information and expertise. The accord has touched off protests in Greece, where many people bitterly oppose any U.S. influence.

Greek authorities also have promised a range of new anti-terrorist measures, including possible witness protection programs.

Greece is home to the elusive November 17 terrorist group, which has claimed responsibility for 22 assassinations since 1975 _ including four Americans and a U.S. Embassy employee. In June, the group killed British military attache Brig. Stephen Saunders, saying it was in revenge for NATO’s bombing of Yugoslavia last year.

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