Police think two fugitives are behind bank blast

Police believe a car bomb explosion outside the Bank of Greece on Thursday might have been planned by two wanted terrorists – the leader of Revolutionary Struggle Nikos Maziotis and November 17 convict Christodoulos Xeros, Kathimerini has learned.

Maziotis’s involvement was suspected from the beginning while the possible involvement of Xeros is being examined partly due to the fact that the car used in the blast was Japanese – a Nissan Sunny – and N17 tended to use Japanese models in their hits. A police source described the choice of vehicle as “a return to the past” and “reminiscent of an old generation of terrorists’ methodology.”

Revolutionary Struggle has claimed responsibility for several car bomb hits including at the headquarters of Citibank in Kifissia, northern Athens, in February 2009 and at the Athens Stock Exchange in September of that year. N17 claimed several hits using car bombs in 1980s and 1990s.

Xeros has been at large since January, when he violated the terms of a prison furlough, while Maziotis has been missing since July 2012, when he disappeared following his conditional release. Each has a 1-million-euro bounty on their head.

In a letter posted on an anarchist website recently Maziotis denied reports of a cooperation with Xeros.