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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-07-11

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  • [01] Gunman attacks police guarding PASOK offices
  • [02] Fire on Sokratous Street
  • [03] Bomb set in Faliro

  • [01] Gunman attacks police guarding PASOK offices

    Attica Security and the anti-terrorist squad are continuing a search for the individual that opened fire on policemen guarding the offices of main opposition PASOK on Harilaou Trikoupi Street, police authorities said on Saturday.

    The incident occurred on Friday night, as a police platoon were boarding a bus on Dervenakion Street at the end of their shift. The culprit emerged from behind a rubbish bin and fired shots against the bus windscreen. Witnesses do not report hearing a shot, indicating that the gun was equipped with a silencer.

    The attacker was wearing Bermuda shorts, a T-shirt, a hat and a surgical mask over his face, so that his features could not be made out. The policemen got off the bus and gave chase but the culprit fired warning shots against them and managed to escape toward Exarchia Square on foot.

    Anti-terrorism squad officers consider that the incident was an isolated action rather than a hit by an organised terrorist group but one that causes great concern. Police were bringing in suspects until late on Friday night and Saturday morning in attempts to find the individual involved but all were later released as no evidence was found against them.

    [02] Fire on Sokratous Street

    Fires broke out at around 2:00 a.m. on Saturday on three floors of the former Appeals Court building on Sokratous Street, near Omonia in central Athens. For some time now, the vacant building has acted as a refuge for hundreds of homeless illegal immigrants who have squatted on the premises, resisting several attempts by authorities and police to drive them out on the grounds that the building is unfit for use and presents a hazard to public health.

    Police said that piles of mattresses and rubbish were on fire on the 4th, 5th and 7th floors in what are believed to be acts of arson following a dispute between foreigners living in the building. The blazes were promptly put out by the fire brigade and an inquiry has been launched by Attica Security in collaboration with the fire brigade.

    Caption: The abandoned appeals court building on Sokratous Street, currently occupied by hundreds of homeless illegal immigrants, on Saturday. ANA-MPA - Pantelis Saitas.

    [03] Bomb set in Faliro

    A makeshift explosive device went off at 4:00 a.m. on Saturday in the yard of the building occupied by former deputy interior minister Panagiotis Hinofotis in Paleo Faliro. The explosion caused only minor damage and no injuries.

    No organization has claimed responsibility for the attack, though two warning telephone calls had been made 20 minutes before the explosion to the police emergency response service and ALTER television channel by an unidentified individual, allowing police to take precautionary measures.

    The device was relatively weak and had been placed in a cooking pot. According to police, this method and the wiring used were reminiscent of the Armed Revolutionary Action (ENEDRA) group that has claimed responsibility for two similar devices, also placed in cooking pots, in the past.

    Caption: Police cordon off the street outside the building occupied by former minister Panagiotis Hinofotis in Faliro, after a small bomb went off in the early hours of Saturday morning, causing minor damage. ANA-MPA - Pantelis Saitas.

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