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A shooting, an explosion and a robbery have increased the level of insecurity in Athens

06 July 2012 / 17:07:05  GRReporter
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A shooting and the explosion of a grenade shook the inhabitants of the Athens district of Neos Kosmos early in the morning. The three attackers, who are currently being sought, opened fire and threw a hand grenade against a police patrol, without injuring anyone.

It became clear later that at 4:20 am, the police officers guarding the area in a patrol car had noticed three figures. They started watching them, considering their actions suspicious. The three men were walking on foot and one of them was carrying a bicycle. When the police officers approached them, they tried to escape.

There was a pursuit. A few metres down the street, the three men opened fire at the police officers and threw the grenade. The shots and explosion caused damage to parked cars and several shops. Due to the early hour, the streets were still empty and there were no serious incidents.

The three attackers escaped and the police are now searching for them. The fire cartridges as well as the bicycle are at the police laboratories at present. Authorities believe the fingerprints that are expected to be found on the bicycle could help them to identity the three attackers.

Other criminal events have happened today too. At 11 am, four men attacked and robbed a motorcyclist in the neighbourhood of Petralona. They were also riding motorcycles in pairs. They had forced him to stop and then, wounded him on the neck with their hands and a knife and robbed him. The victim was taken to hospital and the value of the stolen amount is not yet clear.

Half an hour later, a few streets away, two armed men tried to rob a security company employee. He was standing outside the office of a courier company from which he was to receive an amount of money. The unsuccessful robbers fled by motorcycle.

The increase in the theft of money is particularly disturbing in view of the news that the two key players in the Revolutionary Struggle terrorist group have managed to escape from the reach of police. The fear of authorities is that its chief leader Nikos Maziotis will continue his anarchist activity and it could become a large-scale movement.

The main police headquarters have provided the video of the assault on the Microsoft office in the Athens suburb of Maroussi on 27 June to the media and published it on its website. Three male figures could be seen in the video. Two of them are with motor helmets, the third one is with a cap and his face is covered with a towel. The video clearly shows that one of the men is holding a petrol bomb - Molotov cocktail in his hand, with which he set fire to the petrol cans, which caused the explosion.

Responsibility for the attack was claimed by the group "Deviant behaviours for the spread of revolutionary terrorism - International Revolutionary Front." Authorities are calling people, who know something about the attack, to contact the police in Attica by phone or e-mail.

Meanwhile, their counterparts in the city of Sitia on Crete arrested a Belgian aged 23, accusing him of spreading false messages. As it became clear after his arrest, the young man had sent two emails to the website of the Athens International Airport in the last two days. In them, he threatened to take illegal actions during his stay in Greece.

Airport police located the sender after processing the messages’ data. The young Belgian was captured within the specified legal period to be convicted by the court in the city of Lassi under the fast-track procedure.



Tags: Crime newsShootingExplosionAttackRobberyAssaultTerrorismRevolutionary Struggle
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