Attackers targeted the Microsoft main office in the Greek capital in a predawn arson attack Wednesday, smashing the entrance with a minivan and setting off gas canisters, police said.
Anti-terrorist police were investigating, and authorities did not rule out that an extremist group was behind the attack, which caused no casualties.
Two or three masked men immobilized two security guards around 3:45am local time, then rammed the stolen minivan through the entrance and set fire to the van, which was packed with gas canisters, police said.
The fire and explosion damaged the entrance and ground floor of the building, the Greek corporate headquarters of the US technology giant, located in the northern Athens suburb of Maroussi.
Attacks against targets such as diplomatic missions, state offices, companies and banks, which usually do not cause casualties, are frequent in Greece and blamed by police on extremist and anarchist groups.
In April, a previously-unknown group called "Revolutionary Action" claimed responsibility for an attack with an incendiary device that badly damaged an annex of the Greek ministry of administration in Athens.
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