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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-02-03

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  • [01] Attack against police station in Korydallos, caller claiming to represent Revolutionary Struggle group phones newspaper
  • [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Attack against police station in Korydallos, caller claiming to represent Revolutionary Struggle group phones newspaper

    Unknown gunmen opened fire on a police station in Korydallos, near Piraeus, at dawn Tuesday, causing damage but no injuries. The attack was later claimed by the "Revolutionary Struggle" organization in an anonymous telephone call to an Athens newspaper.

    According to early reports, three or four unknown assailants fired a number of shots at the police station, at approximately 4:15 a.m., and also threw a hand grenade, which did not explode. The assailants immediately fled the scene, and the police counter-terrorism squad was investigating the incident.

    Later in the morning, an anonymous caller phoned an Athens daily and claimed the attack on behalf of the Revolutionary Struggle group. The call was being investigated by the counter-terrorism as to its validity, given that the organization usually does not assume responsibility for its attacks in telephone calls. Police officials are convinced, however, that the incident was a terrorist act.

    Early reports also indicated that the firearm used was most likely a 9mm hand gun, while the hand grenade was an eastern-made offensive grenade, which is used for blast effect.

    Police said that three or four assailants approached the police station and opened fire with an automatic gun, and as they left threw a handgrenade, which did not explode.

    The gun, according to initial information, was most likely a 9mm automatic weapon. The cartridges, handgrenade and other finds were being examined at the police crime lab, which will also ascertain whether the finds match guns used by Revolutionary Struggle in the past.

    Police said the bullets impacted the wall of the police station between the guard post where a special guard was on duty and the duty officer's office.

    After the attack, the assailants fled the scene on foot and escaped using means as yet unknown.

    [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Tuesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Cretan farmers mobilisations and clashes with riot police in Piraeus port on Monday, and the fortification of the weaker strata with 1.5 billion euros foreseen by the government's Stability and Development program dominated the headlines on Tuesday in Athens' newspapers

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Siemens slush funds: The examining magistrate blocked 38 bank accounts".

    APOGEVMATINI: "1.5 billion euros more for benefits - The revised stability program 'locked in'."

    AVGHI: "Order without mercy... Riot police against farmers and Athens citizens follow alternate Interior Minister for Public Order Christos Markoyannakis' statement that law and order will be strictly imposed".

    AVRIANI: "Swindlers' parade before the examining magistrate on the Siemens case".

    CHORA: "Siemens slush funds blocked - 38 perople's codes deciphered".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "Agriculture Minister Sotiris Hatzigakis 'fled' to Brussels - He did not wait to meet with the farmers from Crete".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Major social uprise on the way - Daily incidents humiliate the country internationally".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "US President Obama to French President Sarkozy on the recession: Things are worse than our first estimations".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Crete's uprise - Police welcomed farmers from Crete with teargas and arrests".

    ESTIA : "Greece holds the world record in changing of the electoral law".

    ETHNOS: "Window for unlimited price hikes on the market".

    KATHIMERINI: "Tractors parked in the port - Scuffles in Pireaus, tension in Crete, persistance in Promachonas (boarder crossing to Bulgaria)".

    LOGOS: "Crete's battle to the bitter end....Farmers disembarked at Pireaus port".

    NIKI: "Cretan farmers beleaguer the government - Riot police blocked the farmers in the port".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "United with the fist raised against the common enemy's attack".

    TA NEA: "Cretan farmers' mobilisation opens new wounds for the government".

    TO VIMA: "Financial crisis brings coercion on the armaments - The behind-the-scenes of the negotiations for (the acquisition of) frigates, submarines, fighter jets".

    VRADYNI: "Blockade in the port - 'Battle of Crete' between farmers and riot police on Monday in Piraeus port".

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