Off-duty officer, 30, shot dead in Kallithea

A 30-year-old off duty policeman was shot dead in the early hours of Monday by unidentified assailants who opened fire on him with Kalashnikov assault rifles in the neighborhood of Kallithea, south of central Athens.

At the time of the attack, at about 3.30 a.m., the special guard had been in a parked car with a 26-year-old Albanian national who was seriously injured in the hail of bullets. It is believed that the attackers fled on a motorcycle.

The 26-year-old was in a serious condition in the capital’s Evangelismos hospital on Monday after undergoing emergency surgery.

According to police, the two men were showered with at least 20 bullets.

The motive behind the attack remained unclear.

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