Greek police on March 30 were hunting for gunmen who opened fire on officers after fleeing a raid on a taverna on the Athens-Thebes national highway, causing the death of a 25-year-old woman who was caught in the shoot-out.
The woman was hit by fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle wielded by one of the robbers, according to police. She had been driving through Isthmia, near the Corinth Canal, when she was hit shortly before midnight and died of her injuries at around 3 a.m. in hospital.
Police set up roadblocks in Corinth, Argolida and Arcadia to track down the fugitives, who fled in a stolen black sports utility vehicle, the newspaper Kathimerini reported.
The incident began at 9 p.m. when authorities said three armed men invaded the Mpampis tavern, subdued both owners and customers and grabbed money, valuables and the keys to the car of the tavern’s owner. The suspects were chased by police up to Isthmia-Epidavros where they were confronted and fired upon. It’s common in Greece for criminals to use the Kalashnikov so they can outgun officers.
That came as the woman was passing through the area and killed in the hail of gunfire. According to reports, the police weren’t initially aware she was shot and that she called a friend who called police who sent an ambulance to the area some 25 minutes later. Police said they were trying to determine if the suspects were the same men who had recently escaped a prison in Trikala and were looking for a black Subaru Forester with registration number YPO-1394.
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