Greece charges five over guerrilla attacks

Police have arrested more than 20 suspected members of known leftist and anarchist groups in the last two years

Greece charges five over guerrilla attacks

A Greek prosecutor on Friday charged five suspected members of an urban guerrilla group, including a German woman, for involvement in a bomb attack in the latest crackdown against guerrilla violence.

Police have arrested more than 20 suspected members of known leftist and anarchist groups in the last two years as authorities try to stem a string of attacks that have rocked the country since riots paralysed Athens in December 2008.

"The five suspects have been charged with participation in a terrorist group, terrorist acts, and possession of weapons. They refused to say anything," a court official said.

The 27-year-old woman was arrested in a northern Athens suburb on Friday after four Greek men, aged 21 to 23, were arrested in the capital late on Thursday.

Police were searching for them in connection with a makeshift bomb attack on a building belonging to electricity utility PPC last year. They found and seized guns, computers and other equipment at two apartments the four men rented in Athens.

"The people arrested are accused of jointly setting up and participating in a guerrilla group along with possessing guns and ammunition," police said in a statement referring to the four men.

A police official said the group was believed to have links with the Fire Conspiracy Cells, which has claimed responsibility for several attacks including a powerful explosion which damaged a court house in Athens at the end of last year.

Thirteen suspected members of the Fire Conspiracy Cells group go on trial in Athens on Monday.

Greece has a decades-old history of leftist violence and some groups became more active after the 2008 riots, triggered by the police killing of a teenager and fuelled by economic hardships.

Despite the arrests among their ranks, urban guerrilla groups have claimed a series of attacks last year, including parcel bombs sent to embassies and shooting dead a Greek journalist outside his home.

Reuters

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