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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-10-28

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Six shot in attack on police

  • [01] Six shot in attack on police

    Five police officers and one cadet were shot during an armed attack against a police station in the Athens suburb of Agia Paraskevi, authorities announced early on Wednesday. All six were admitted to Athens hospitals, two of them in serious but not critical condition, along with a civilian suffering from shock after witnessing the attack.

    The attack occurred shortly before 10 p.m. on Tuesday night when a group of unidentified persons on motorbikes passed outside the police station in Pentelis street and fired several rounds using an automatic weapon before fleeing the scene.

    The bullets hit five police men and a woman cadet training as a special guard, who also suffered the most serious injuries and was submitted to lengthy surgery. A police man that was shot in the belly and rushed to the 401 Military Hospital was reported to be out of the danger, though doctors are keeping him under close observation in case there are complications.

    The other five injured in the attack are all at the "Erythros Stavros" state hospital in Athens, where they were visited by Health Minister Mariliza Xenoyiannakopoulou and the head of the Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) party George Karatzaferis.

    Police said they had found and were investigating three motorbikes to determine whether they were used during the attack, left outside the Halandri metro station.

    Citizens' Protection Minister Mihalis Chrysohoidis visited both the site of the attack and the injured police officers in hospital, afterwards stressing that the attack against them had been "cowardly, murderous and 100 percent terrorist".

    "Violence, especially murderous violence, is the worst enemy of society. Blind violence against 20-year-old youths is despicable and heinous," he underlined, calling on the public to "rally around democracy and protect it".

    "I want to send a message tonight to these heinous terrorists and tell them that they will not get away with this. I want to send a message to all of Greek society that we are here and present. Greece will not be turned into the domain of terror. These murdering bullies will be arrested and turned over to justice," the minister underlined in statements after his visit to the injured.


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