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'Group of Popular Fighters' claim responsibility for Israeli embassy attack

Police early on Wednesday found a statement claiming the responsibility for the armed attack against the Embassy of Israel in a garbage bin in the Athens suburb of Nea Smyrni.

According to the police, the responsibility was claimed by the “Group of Popular Fighters”, which in the past had carried out an attack against the German ambassador’s residence in the Athens suburb of Halandri. Police are looking into the 19-page statement, the content of which has not been yet made known.

According to the information available so far, the claim of responsibility was found after 01.00 on Wednesday morning following a phone call by an unknown individual to the Efimerida ton Syntakton newspaper.

The newspaper alerted the police saying they received the call a while before 9 in the evening. Newspaper staff went to the spot indicated by the unknown caller, searched the garbage bin in the area but could not find anything.

The Counter-terrorism squad was then alerted. The police officers rushed to the area and after several hours they found a data stick in a garbage bag inside a bin. The findings were initially taken to the crime lab for processing while the data stick was then handed over to the Counter-terrorism squad.