Po­lice find an­other bank rob­bers’ hide­out, more clues

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Po­lice said yes­ter­day that they have found a man­ual de­scrib­ing how to con­struct a bomb that can be det­o­nated by mo­bile phone at an Athens apart­ment which was rented by one of the four sus­pects held af­ter a dou­ble bank rob­bery in Vel­vento, north­ern Greece, at the be­gin­ning of the month.

Of­fi­cers said they also found 10 false iden­tity cards, mo­bile phones, SIM cards, com­puter equip­ment and the per­sonal de­tails of sev­eral ci­ti­zens. The po­lice did not clar­ify who th­ese ci­ti­zens were or if they were con­sid­ered po­ten­tial tar­gets.

Sources said that the po­lice be­lieve the dis­cov­er­ies at the prop­erty in Tourkovou­nia, north­ern Athens, link the orig­i­nal mem­bers of the Con­spir­acy of the Cells of Fire ur­ban guer­rilla group, which had bomb-mak­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties, with the four an­ar­chists ar­rested in Vel­vento and the four sus­pects who man­aged to evade ar­rest. The SUV they made off in af­ter the bank rob­beries was found in Naoussa yes­ter­day. Hit by the bru­tal fi­nan­cial cri­sis, the Greek state is putting enor­mous pres­sure on its ci­ti­zens to pay their taxes. It’s high time it did its own bit and start paying what it owes to sup­pli­ers and busi­nesses in a more timely and or­ga­nized fash­ion. At stake here is the very cred­i­bil­ity of the cen­tral state. The po­lit­i­cal au­thor­i­ties must take all the nec­es­sary steps to re­store the re­la­tion­ship of trust be­tween ci­ti­zens and the state that has been se­ri­ously dam­aged over the past few years. At the same time, paying off state debts is also a prac­ti­cal is­sue. Be­cause this is the only way to fi­nally in­ject some much-needed cash into the mar­ket. De­spite the dif­fi­cul­ties in de­ter­min­ing the ex­act amount that the state owes to tax­pay­ers, busi­nesses and sup­pli­ers, it is very im­por­tant that the state starts paying off its debts.

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