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Police identify four suspects over fatal DIAS shootings

Police are looking for three ethnic Greeks from Russia and an Albanian fugitive in connection to the fatal shooting of two young policemen in the Athens district of Rendi last week, sources told Kathimerini on Tuesday.

Officers believe that the gang, which opened fire on a team of motorcycle-riding DIAS policemen last Tuesday, is connected to a 32-year-old ethnic Greek from Russia who was arrested in Thebes, central Greece, in December.

The 32-year-old allegedly organized a series of armed robberies at post offices and on an armored truck in Athens. He was arrested on December 8 with two accomplices after they were spotted parked outside banks in the Livadia area, central Greece, in a stolen vehicle.

Last week?s shooting occurred after policemen chased a vehicle suspected of being involved in an armed robbery on a street kiosk. Sources said that police forensic experts found fingerprints in the boot of the car, which was later abandoned, that match those of a 35-year-old Albanian convicted thief who has breached the terms of his prison furlough.