Man­hunt con­tin­ues for fugi­tives

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Po­lice in the pre­fec­ture of Fokida, western Greece, were yes­ter­day con­tin­u­ing their search for five armed men who are sus­pected of hid­ing in the moun­tains of Naf­pak­tos. Three of the five sus­pects are fugi­tives from a prison in Trikala, cen­tral Greece, and the other two are be­lieved to have helped them es­cape in early March dur­ing a vi­o­lent at­tack on the fa­cil­ity. The gang of five, all Al­ba­nian na­tion­als, are be­lieved to have caused the death of a fe­male mo­torist caught in the cross­fire dur­ing a shootout with po­lice out­side Corinth in March and to have shot dead a po­lice­man near the vil­lage of Dis­tomo in the pre­fec­ture of Vi­o­tia last week as they eluded cap­ture at a road­block. They are also sus­pected of be­ing be­hind a string of armed rob­beries.

An­i­mal cru­elty.

A man in Pyr­gos, in the Pelo­pon­nese, is fac­ing an­i­mal cru­elty charges af­ter al­legedly chain­ing his dog to the back of his car and drag­ging the an­i­mal as he drove. The in­ci­dent on Satur­day evening was re­ported by two wit­nesses who blocked his way with their ve­hi­cle. The sus­pect, who has not been iden­ti­fied by po­lice, re­port­edly told the two that he was pun­ish­ing his dog for get­ting into a fight with two other dogs. When one of the wit­nesses tried to re­lease the an­i­mal from the chain, he struck her be­fore flee­ing the scene with the dog.

Bike theft.

Po­lice have ar­rested two men from Ge­or­gia for al­legedly steal­ing dozens of bi­cy­cles in Maroussi, north­ern Athens, which they then sold in their home­land. Both sus­pects, aged 33 and 53, are charged with steal­ing at least 65 bikes over the past few months. Po­lice ar­rested the 33-yearold on Satur­day as he was at­tempt­ing to jack a bike. They ar­rested his 53 year-old flat­mate a few hours later.

ND of­fice blast.

Po­lice on Sun­day said they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing a mi­nor blast at the en­trance of the New Democ­racy party branch in Neos Cos­mos, south­west­ern Athens. No one was in­jured in the ex­plo­sion, which caused dam­age to the en­trance of the build­ing and a car which was parked nearby. Po­lice said wit­nesses saw uniden­ti­fied sus­pects throw a home­made ex­plo­sive be­fore flee­ing the scene.

Fa­tal ac­ci­dents.

A 41-year-old woman, her 16-year-old daugh­ter and three of the girl’s school friends died in the early hours of Satur­day in the north­ern Athens sub­urb of Aghios Ste­fanos af­ter the woman lost con­trol of her ve­hi­cle and crashed. Res­cue work­ers called to the scene found that the car had veered out of con­trol and tipped over af­ter crash­ing into a parked car and then a wall. The four teenage girls, who had been at a party, and the mother of one of the girls who was driv­ing them home all died in­stantly. Mean­while po­lice on Sun­day ar­rested an 81-year-old man sus­pected of run­ning over a 76-year-old man in Pieria, north­ern Greece, late on Satur­day. The driver aban­doned the vic­tim, who later died from his in­juries, but later turned him­self in to po­lice. He was sched­uled to face a prose­cu­tor.

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