The following story does not seem to be jihad-related, but it’s a reminder that Greece may be descending faster into violent chaos than any other country in Europe.
According to the Associated Press:
Greek Anti-Terror Officer Shot Dead in Attack
ATHENS, Greece — Gunmen shot dead an anti-terrorist police officer guarding a witness in central Athens early Wednesday, in an escalation of domestic terrorist attacks in the country.
Greece’s conservative government denounced the “cowardly attack.” There was no claim of responsibility but police matched bullets from at least one of the weapons used to previous attacks carried out by Greek far-left militant group Sect of Revolutionaries.
Police spokesman Panagiotis Stathis said between 15 and 20 shots were fired at the officer by at least three gunmen at about 6:20 a.m. (0320 GMT) in the residential district of Patisia.
“There was no warning, no telephone calls,” Stathis said. “This was a cold-blooded murder.”
It was the first targeted killing attributed to domestic terrorism in years.
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Greek domestic terrorist groups have stepped up attacks, particularly against police targets, since massive riots in December triggered by the fatal police shooting of a teenage boy. But most have been late-night bombings that have caused no injuries.
The slain officer was identified as 41-year-old Nektarios Savvas, a father-of-one.
The officer had just taken over the morning shift of guard duty outside the home of a key witness in the trial of the far-left Greek terrorist group Revolutionary Popular Struggle, known by its Greek acronym ELA. Only the officer was targeted in the attack, with no apparent attempt to approach the witness’ home.
Another thing to remember is that Greece has been subject to recurring immigrant riots during recent months. The far Left and Islamic militants often enter into a tactical alliances, and even if there is no direct connection, Leftist violence serves the interests of Islamic violence, and vice versa.
Keep an eye on Greece.
Hat tip: heroyalwhyness.