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Bags with an explosive material show a resurgence of an armed group

06 March 2013 / 19:03:57  GRReporter
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Bags with a small amount of explosive material but without materials and a mechanism to cause an explosion have been found by the special units of the Greek police.

Earlier this week, an anonymous call to a major Greek newspaper alarmed the Greek police. An unknown voice informed at 9:30 am the headquarters of the newspaper that explosions were expected at 11 am in four remote sites in Athens:

- the tax administration in the neighbourhood of Psychiko

- the motor representation on the Mesogion Avenue

- in the court of the public ERT television also on Mesogion Avenue

- in the offices of a telecommunications company on Maratonos Avenue

Immediately after the call, police forces arrived at the sites and evacuated the buildings. After the time of the explosions expired, the special forces carried out an investigation in the premises and found the four bags that were sent to the crime laboratories for testing.

The authorities are investigating the car, which was used at the time of placing the bags with the explosives. It is a car that was stolen some time ago and that the attackers parked on Mesogion Avenue in front of the public television building and put the bag with the explosives in its trunk.

Dynamite and other objects were found in one of the bags whereas the other three contained a very small amount – remains of an explosive material. The police believe that this was a try-out of an armed group that is seeking to enhance its activity.

Senior police officers say this is the first time in the history of "guerrilla groups" operating in urban environments when they placed only a small amount of explosives. "The theft of the car indicates that the group has a kind of operational capabilities," they state as reported by To Vima.

They do not exclude the possibility of the attackers having transported the bags to the different sites by the specific car before leaving it in front of the building of ERT with the last bag in the trunk. At the same time, they say that two or three of the participants might have used motorcycles. It is unclear whether the attackers will send a manifesto to assume responsibility for this action.

At the same time, the police do not yet have data concerning the loaded grenade launcher that was found in an irrigation canal in the region of Aspropyrgos in late February. Such a weapon was found in a dumpster in the Athens district of Kolonaki a year ago. Then, the police announced that the grenade launcher could be used only once, so the one that was found was completely deactivated.

Tags: Crime newsBags with an explosive materialArmed groupGranade launcher
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