Shots near Israeli embassy in Athens: Police

Police in Greece early on Friday were investigating a strafing attack on the Israeli embassy in Athens in which nobody was injured, a police source said.

AFP| Updated: Dec 12, 2014, 11:14 AM IST

Athens: Police in Greece early on Friday were investigating a strafing attack on the Israeli embassy in Athens in which nobody was injured, a police source said.

The shots were apparently fired from a motorcycle with two persons passing in front of the embassy, which lies on the corner of a busy highway, the police said.

Another two persons on a second motorcycle are suspected of participating in the 3:20 am (0120 GMT) attack.

Early evidence suggests a Kalashnikov assault rifle was used, the police said.

Bullet casings collected from the scene are to be examined by Greece`s anti-terrorist squad for possible matches to other attacks, the police said.

The incident comes two days after a Palestinian official died following a confrontation with Israel soldiers in the West Bank.

There is strong condemnation in Greece of Israel`s policies in the West Bank and Gaza, with many protests held in support of the Palestinians.

Embassies and diplomatic vehicles in Greece have been targeted in attacks by far-left groups in recent years.

The residence of the German ambassador in Athens has been hit twice -- with two assault rifles in 2013 and a rocket in 1999. Nobody inside was hurt.

In 2007, another rocket was fired at the US embassy in Athens without injuring anyone.

All three attacks were claimed by far-left groups, two of which have since been dismantled by the police.

The group involved in the 2013 attack on the German residence, the People`s Fighter Group, is still at large.