Conspiracy Nuclei of Fire
Conspiracy Nuclei of Fire (also Conspiracy of Fire Cells, Greek Συνωμοσία Πυρήνων της Φωτιάς) is a Greek terrorist group of nihilist, anarchist political leanings.
A chronology of their attacks
- May 14, 2010: A bomb explodes outside a courthouse in Thessaloniki causing damage and injury to an employee.
- March 20, 2010: A bomb explodes at the offices of Chrysi Avgi causing significant damage to the building.
- September 23, 2009: A bomb explodes outside the home of government minister Louka Katseli causing minor damage.
- September 2, 2009: A small bomb explodes outside the Macedonia-Thrace Ministry building in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, causing minor damage and no injury.
- July 22, 2009: A small bomb outside the office of the Chilean consul in Thessaloniki fails to explode.
- July 11, 2009: A small bomb explodes outside the Athens home of Panayiotis Chinofotis, a former minister in charge of police during the December 2008 riots that were sparked by the fatal police shooting of a teenager.
- May 19, 2009: Two time bombs explode at building sites for new police stations in Athens and Thessaloniki.
- Feb. 12-13, 2009: A spate of 17 firebombings in Athens target a top anti-terrorism prosecutor, a prominent politician and a judge among others, but cause no injuries. The group dedicates the attacks to "authentic revolutionary" Dimitris Koufodinas, a prominent member of the terrorist organization November 17, who was arrested in 2002 and is serving multiple life sentences.
- December 3, 2008: A small incendiary bomb explodes outside the Athens offices of the Agence France-Presse news agency, causing no injury.
- September 13, 2008: A group of 15 masked youths on motorcycles attack a police precinct in Thessaloniki with petrol bombs, burning patrol cars and motorcycles and causing slight damage to the building.
In 2011, nine members went on trial on charges of forming and being part of a terrorist organisation, possession of exploding devices and participation in terrorist attacks. Six of the members were convicted and sentenced, on July 19, 2011, to penalties ranging from 11 to 37 years imprisonment. Another one was given a suspended sentence while two were found not guilty by reason of doubts.
- Who are the Conspiracy of Fire Cells? - John Brady Kiesling, former U.S. Foreign Service Officer