October 28, 2009 / 1:15 AM / 9 years ago

Gunmen wound seven in Athens attack: Greek police

ATHENS (Reuters) - Two gunmen on a motorcycle launched an attack outside a police station in Athens on Tuesday, wounding six Greek police officers and a passer-by, police said.

Police investigators search for evidence following a gun attack outside a police station in Athens October 27, 2009. REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack but Greece’s new Socialist government, which swept to power earlier this month, vowed to track down and arrest the gunmen.

Leftist and anarchist groups have mounted a series of attacks against police, businesses, public institutions and politicians since a policeman shot dead a teenager in Athens in December, sparking Greece’s worst riots in decades.

“Two unknown assailants riding a motorcycle shot and injured police officers outside the police station,” said a police official, who declined to be named.

One policeman, who was guarding the police station at the time of the attack, was in a serious condition, said the official.

“Our response will be immediate and resolute,” Civil Protection Minister Mihalis Chrysohoidis, who has made combating guerrilla groups a top priority, told reporters after visiting some of the wounded at an Athens hospital.

“Coward murderers will be arrested and brought before justice,” he said.

The far-left Rebel Sect urban guerrilla group claimed responsibility for the killing of an anti-terrorism policeman in June, the worst attack since the December riots.

A little-known group, The Council for the Deconstruction of Order, said on Tuesday it was responsible for makeshift bomb attacks outside the party offices of a minister and a deputy minister last week in the northern city of Thessaloniki.

Additional reporting by Renee Maltezou; Editing by Ingrid Melander and Jon Hemming

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