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Diplomat’s Home Fired at in Greece

May 16, 1999

ATHENS, Greece (AP) _ An anti-tank rocket hit the residence of Germany’s ambassador Sunday in the Greek capital, damaging the home but causing no injuries.

Ambassador Karl-Heinz Albert Kuhna and his wife were home at the time of the attack, late in the evening. The rocket landed on the roof and detonated, police said.

Kuhna condemned the attack, pointing out that the rocket could have hit an apartment building behind the residence. ``That an ambassador is a possible target is part of the job, but not innocent victims,″ Kuhna told reporters.

It was the latest of several attacks against diplomatic or business interests belonging to NATO countries. Most appear to be made in protest of the alliance’s air campaign against Yugoslavia.

Police found a makeshift launch tube in an empty lot more than 100 yards from the heavily guarded residence. The tube had broken in half, apparently from the launch, police said.

There was no claim of responsibility, but the only terrorist group in Greece known to use such rockets is November 17.

The group, which has killed 22 people since the 1975 assassination of the CIA station chief in Athens, stole a large number of anti-tank rockets from a military base in the 1980s.

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