Greece nab four suspected terrorists, investigate hideout
Jan 13, 2011, 17:42 GMT
Athens - Police arrested four people suspected of having connections with a terrorism group on Thursday, just days before the start of a trial of dozens of radical anarchists.
Police said the four suspects arrested were believed to be involved in the Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei terrorist group that was behind a series of parcel bombs sent to European leaders and embassies in addition to a bomb explosion outside an Athens court house last month.
The explosion caused extensive damage to buildings and parked cars, but no injuries.
Investigations were also underway in various cities across Greece to uncover weapons and explosives hidden in apartments and garages.
The arrests come just days before the January 17 trial of dozens of suspects for alleged involvement in the group.
Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei has limited its activities to arson and minor bombs attacks against government buildings and the offices and homes of politicians.
Greek police have also recently arrested several suspected extremists of the far-left organization Revolutionary Struggle.
Revolutionary Struggle emerged in 2003 and has carried out over a dozen attacks, including a rocket strike against the US embassy in Athens three years ago and a powerful bomb attack against the Athens Stock Exchange last year.
Greece has a long history with domestic terrorism, which has left more than 40 people dead in the last three decades, including a British military attache, a CIA station chief, police officers, journalists and businessmen.
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