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live Two persons shot pointblank outside an office of Golden Dawn

01 November 2013 / 20:11:21  GRReporter
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Two persons were reportedly shot dead in the area of Iraklio avenue in the Athens neighbourhood of Neo Iraklio at about 7 pm.

The police have announced that the victims are Argyris Kapelonis, aged 22, and George Foundoulis, aged 26. Alexandros Gerondas, aged 29, was badly injured during the shooting as well. The attackers were on motorcycles and wore helmets. They stopped near the building, in which the office of Golden Dawn is on the first floor, and walked to the cafeteria on the ground floor where they found the three victims and shot them pointblank with 9-millimetre pistols.

The police had immediately cordoned off the area and the investigation of the case has been entrusted to the office combating terrorism. The authorities have found 15 shell casings at the site of the double murder and sent them for ballistics testing. A stolen Honda Varadero motorcycle has been found abandoned in a neighbouring street, which, probably, was one of two motorcycles used by the attackers.

The Minister of Health has confirmed in person the deaths of the two young men, stating that they had both been shot in the chest and in the head. One was already dead when he was taken to "St. Olga" hospital and the other died despite doctors’ attempts to save him. The injured is currently in the operating room and the doctors are optimistic that they will save him.

Golden Dawn spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris has announced that the two victims were members of the organization and accused the political elite of Greece that, by deciding to leave Golden Dawn unprotected, it has contributed to today's double murder, as the organization is a traditional target of terrorists. A little later Golden Dawn issued a formal statement defining Greece’s Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Minister of Citizen Protection Nikos Dendias as personally responsible for the double murder. "We have repeatedly requested police protection for our local organizations that are constantly the target of terrorist attacks. Yet our requests for such protection have been constantly rejected," reads the statement.

To be continued

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