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US says attack in Greece an "isolated incident"

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WASHINGTON, Jan 12 (Reuters) US officials played down the rocket attack on the American embassy in Athens today, calling it an ''isolated incident.'' No injuries resulted from the attack. Greek authorities said the Greek leftist guerrilla group Revolutionary Struggle might have been behind it.

''All we know is that there was something described as a rocket -- I don't know exactly what that means -- fired the through a window,'' White House spokesman Tony Snow told reporters. He added that the rocket had hit a toilet.

''We think it's an isolated incident. The Greek government is investigating it and so is the US government,'' Snow said.

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said he could not confirm who was behind the attack.

''We all know from history that there are a number of these anarchist groups in Greece and that they are sometimes violent.

I can't tell you if one of those is responsible for this particular attack,'' McCormack said.

''There was minimal damage to the embassy. We are cooperating well with the Greek authorities to determine who was responsible for it and deal with them appropriately within the judicial system once they are found,'' he added.

He praised Greek authorities for their cooperation in the investigation, adding that the foreign minister had visited the US ambassador soon after the attack.

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