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Police step up search for fugitive over terrorist link

Police on Wednesday set up road blocks across central Greece, stepping up a search for the country?s most wanted bank robber, Vassilis Palaiocostas, after police forensic experts said the fugitive?s fingerprints had been found on the wrapping of a parcel bomb that exploded in the premises of the Citizens? Protection Ministry last June, killing Giorgos Vassilakis, the 52-year-old aide to then Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis.

Officers set up roadblocks across the regions of Fokida and Fthiotida. ? Toyota sports utility vehicle stolen from the village of Stylida, Fthiotida, early on Tuesday has not been officially connected to Palaiocostas.

Late on Tuesday, police issued an arrest warrant for Palaiocostas on multiple charges of murder and membership of a terrorist group. The serial robber has been on the run since his second escape by helicopter from Korydallos Prison, near Piraeus, in February 2009.