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Anti-Terror Raid Nets Weapons Cache

policemanA police raid on an apartment in the anarchist stronghold of Exarchia in central Athens led to the discovery iof a large amount of weapons, authorities said. According to the news agency AMNA, a large police force cordoned off the area around an apartment at 4 Skylitsi St. which anti-terrorism and criminal squads were searching. Searches also took place at an apartment in Piraeus.
In a private parking lot investigated earlier in Exarchia, police said they found inside a rented car two backpacks containing two Kalashnikov military rifles wiith sawn-off butts, four grenades of the F1 defense type, three loaded magazines (two of 20 cartridges and one of six), two large sealed boxes containing 720 cartidges (7.62 mm calibre), and a pair of cloth gloves.
The apartments and garage were identified during the process of the anti-terrorist squad΄s search for the group that carried out the armed robberies in Velvento, near the northern town of Kozani, as well as for groups linked to all recent terrorist acts. Four men declaring themselves to be anarchists have been arrested for the robberies. Another four suspects are being sought.
Last month, a group of around 30 masked assailants pelted the police precinct in Exarchia with firebombs, causing damage but no injuries. Around eight Molotov cocktails were launched at the police station on Kallidromiou Street by the youths who were not apprehended. The station is one of the most heavily-armed in the city with constant police patrols outside but has been targeted nonetheless.

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