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Athens: US Embassy issues emergency warning after Mall bomb

 US embassy in Athens issued an emergency warning after the bomb explosion in The Mall in Athens on Sunday morning. the embassy calls American citizens to be review personal security plans, monitor local news media and report suspect incidents to the U.S. Embassy in Athens.

             Emergency Message: – Explosion at The Mall Athens

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

This morning at 1041a.m. a bomb exploded at The Mall in Marousi, outside of Athens. Initial reports state two private security personnel were injured in the blast. At this time we are not aware of any group claiming responsibility. Currently police are treating The Mall and surrounding area as a crime scene and have cordoned off access. You are advised to avoid the area until further notice.

We encourage all U.S. citizens to review their personal security plans, remain aware of their surroundings, including local events, monitor local news stations for updates, and report specific incidences of targeted violence to the U.S. Embassy in Athens or the U. S. Consulate General in Thessaloniki at the numbers below. U.S. citizens should maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance their personal security. For additional information, please refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad.

Bellow the full statement:

Website of US Embassy in Athens here.

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  1. Was this reported in the Greek News as a story (meaning US Embassy reported on it)?

    • keeptalkinggreece

      sorry, don’t get the question.

      • Sorry, I meant that did the Greek News report that the US Embassy made an official statement on the Mall incident? Or are you just being nice to let us Americans know what our Embassy told us. 🙂

        • keeptalkinggreece

          when I wrote the post, some Greke media had reported on US statement. Being aware of USA policies I had thought to check for any embassy warning last night but was too full form eat & drink lol. I should also check with other EU embassies, but kind of lazy right now …

          • oh, well, thank you then! But, as an American, I always wonder if our government is doing this because they really care about us, or just trying to cover themselves in case someone sues them for not telling us. LOL

  2. Here is an article that may be of interest to KTG-ers. It came out this morning in the New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/21/world/europe/bomb-attacks-in-greece-raise-fear-of-revived-radicalism.html?pagewanted=1&tntemail1=y&_r=0&emc=tnt

    I will have to admit that as an American who is in the process of moving to Greece (only part time because that is all I am allowed to do given that I am not EU), it is starting to be concerning. Of additional concern is the ongoing metro and other transportation strikes. I can easily see myself trying to get from the US to Athens, only to be stopped in London (or Madrid or Rome… wherever the flight takes me when I am entering the EU), and told that my flight to Athens has been cancelled due to air transportation strikes. That means I’d be stuck somewhere for potentially an unknown amount of time, potentially an unknown number of days, with no clue as to what I’m going to do. I should add that I’m making the bi-annual trips by myself, and I’m not exactly young. So, yes,I am growing more concerned, I must admit. I can only imagine that my concerns are being shared by others who want to either visit or partially relocate to Greece.

    • keeptalkinggreece

      Metro strike certainly does not affect air flights and last time air traffic controllers went on strike was last summer for just a couple of hours. Passengers did arrive with not too long delays. No flight passengers remain stuck somewhere for a coouple of days unless the air company goes bankrupt.

      I fully understand your security concerns though as the situation affects all of us – whether Greeks or foreigners. Even thought the bomb series address Greek targets and so far no victim was claimed. And yet, I think USA are particularly alarmed about the safety of its citizens much more than other countries.
      And to tell you the truth if travellers took into account all possible and potential ‘safety risks’ no man or woman would travel to any other country except Norway and Denmark and no US parent would send his children to school or college…

      • You’re absolutely correct on all points! I live in Connecticut, and not too far from Newtown, where 20 extremely young children were gunned down for no reason whatsoever right before Christmas. We have so much violence in this country, so you’d think I’d be immune to it by now. I thought air traffic controllers had gone on strike more than that, so thanks for the clarification!

        • keeptalkinggreece

          I just try to keep rationally cool and cope with the situation, as everyone around the world.

      • not norway either as they had that crazy guy kill people there too. So just Denmark.

  3. on that point of safety nowhere is safe
    until parents figure out someway of raising their children in a manner to respect themselves and other peoples cultures and to live in harmony we are going to see more repeats of these dreadful brutal incidents
    in ireland we have had a spate of young females killing themselves
    young girls are particularly vunerable in this position when life is propelling them forward at two fast a rate
    14 is now the new 18
    may god and their parents protect them
    parents please PARENT that means being unpopular they will thank you for this in the future