Seven in custody after anti-terrorist squad raids

Seven people have been taken into custody after the police?s anti-terrorist squad conducted raids on properties in Athens and Volos, central Greece.

According to reports, the raids are connected to the search for suspected members of the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire urban guerrilla group.

Five people were taken into custody after an operation in the Nea Ionia area of Volos and two after searches in Athens. Five of the suspects are men, two are women. One of the properties raided in Athens is reported to be in the northeastern suburb of Holargos.

Police said they have seized two AK-47 assault rifles, six handguns, a revolver, bullets, wigs, police uniforms, bullet proof vests, police walkie talkies, computers and several other items that have been taken for closer inspection.

Police sources said that three of those that have been taken into custody are suspected members of the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire. Nine alleged members of the group, which claimed a series of bloodless bombings and letter bombings, are currently on trial. Another four are being tried in absentia.

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