Blast probe.

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Po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing a blast that rocked the north­ern Athe­nian sub­urb of Ano Liosia early yes­ter­day be­lieve the in­ci­dent to be linked to a strug­gle be­tween ri­val gangs for the con­trol of the con­tra­band cig­a­rette trade, sources in­di­cated yes­ter­day. The blast oc­curred around 4 a.m. when a batch of dy­na­mite was det­o­nated out­side the en­trance of a de­tached home. It blew out neigh­bors’ win­dows and caused dam­age to the prop­erty and parked cars, but no in­juries. A po­lice source quoted by the Athens-Mace­do­nian News Agency said the house be­longs to a 70-year-old man who was re­leased from prison in Ger­many about a year-and-ahalf ago, where he had been sen­tenced for il­le­gal to­bacco smug­gling. Af­ter po­lice ar­rived at the scene of the blast they ques­tioned a se­cu­rity guard – a re­la­tion of the owner – who claimed that he did not see the per­pe­tra­tors, and found that the power had been cut, im­mo­bi­liz­ing the se­cu­rity cam­era. The 70-year-old was not at home when in­ves­ti­ga­tors sought him for ques­tion­ing.

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