Fugi­tives sought for of­fi­cer killing

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Po­lice launched a mas­sive man­hunt yes­ter­day af­ter a 37-year-old of­fi­cer was killed near the vil­lage of Dis­tomo in the pre­fec­ture of Vi­o­tia when gun­men, be­lieved to be Al­ba­nian fugi­tives from Trikala Prison, opened fire on po­lice man­ning a road block.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice sources, the five as­sailants were first spot­ted by of­fi­cers near the en­trance to the vil­lage. Five po­lice­men gave chase in two un­marked cars – both Ford Fo­cuses. On ar­riv­ing at the lo­ca­tion, the as­sailants re­port­edly ap­peared from a small park where they had hid­den and threat­ened the of­fi­cers in the first car with Kalash­nikov as­sault ri­fles be­fore dis­arm­ing them and re­mov­ing their bul­let­proof vests. When the sec­ond un­marked po­lice car ar­rived at the scene, one of the as­sailants re­port­edly opened fire on the of­fi­cers in that ve­hi­cle, in­jur­ing the 37-year-old in the thigh.

Fa­ther of two Gior­gos An­drit­sopou­los died at a lo­cal hos­pi­tal af­ter medics failed to stop the hem­or­rhage. The vic­tim’s wife is re­port­edly preg­nant with their third child. Ac­cord­ing to sources, po­lice on the scene rec­og­nized three of the as­sailants as be­ing among the 11 in­mates who es­caped from Trikala Prison in April. Mar­ian Kola, their sus­pected ring­leader, is be­lieved to have been among them.

Pub­lic Or­der Min­is­ter Nikos Den­dias said the au­thor­i­ties were “mak­ing ev­ery pos­si­ble ef­fort to en­sure that the mur­der­ers are brought to jus­tice and are made to an­swer for their ab­hor­rent ac­tions.”

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