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Terrorists used the market for camouflage

21 April 2010 / 14:04:34  GRReporter
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The open market, which is organized every Thursday on Idra street was the best cover for terrorists to carry weapons to their apartment-hideaway in Kipseli and go unnoticed. Among the many trucks parked to unload goods among the people and boxes of items, large packages of explosives and weapons were brought into the building unnoticed by neighbors, reports Ethnos newspaper. 

The discovered armory of the Greek terrorists directs judges in a new direction - they will try to find the roles of the six people who were arrested ten days ago as suspects for participating in the organization "Revolutionary Fight". In the hideaway in Kipseli police found weapons, explosives and a submachine gun MP-5, which was used in a bank robbery in Thessaloniki six years ago, which also explains from where the €119 000 came in Konstantinos Gournas’ car. 

Meanwhile, it became clear that the rented studio where terrorists kept their weapons was rented in August 2008. This means that in previous years of its existence the organization has stored weapons in another location, which has not yet been found. Before Konstantinos Gournas rented the studio with a fake ID in the name of Athanasios Grivokostopoulos, living in the apartment was a woman dealing with visual arts. This directs police to the thought that perhaps there is another apartment - armory. 

The owner of the studio said the tenant who lived under false identity named Athanasios Grivokostopoulos was regularly paying his rent. Police found the hideaway from tax returns, but the owner admits that she does not remember the name of her tenant, because she refers to him as Thassos. "He never called us on the phone. To say that a pipe need replacing or something else,” adds the landlady of the small studio-hideaway on the top floor in a building Kipseli. 

Mr. Z. Theodoros, who lives on the same floor and is employed in one of the ministries, said that "we have not heard a noise from the apartment, so we can feel the presence of people... We thought it was empty. It is good that my son was not home that day when police found the hideaway. We cannot believe we were living next to such quantity of explosives!" The rest of the people living in the building also did not know anything and they did not see anything suspicious going on. 

Police are still awaiting lab results for the ballistic expertise and they are about to make new arrests. The six detained men will have to be questioned again. According to investigators there are at least six more people involved in the terrorist organization. They believe that there is a link between terrorists and those involved in extreme factions in Athens and Thessaloniki with bank robbers. 

According to senior officers, police are looking for a man with the nickname "Monk", which was given to him because of his outer appearance. He had to hide the organization's members, who were going to attack a police station on Panormou Street. Police suspects are three people who in the past have dragged authorities’ attention to themselves - one is believed to be a weapons thief, the second is related to one of the arrested, and the third is likely involved in other armed organizations. Police investigate the role of a woman and a close relative of one of the detainees in terrorism.

Tags: Greece terrorism explosive bomb
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