Greek police on high alert amid fears of new terror hit

The police are on high alert amid fears of a new terrorist hit, possibly on a police target, sources have told Kathimerini just a few days after an unknown guerrilla group claimed responsibility for killing two members of the neofascist Golden Dawn party earlier this month.

According to senior police sources, the force’s counterterrorism unit has received information over the past few days regarding a likely hit on a police target. The same sources said that the proclamation released on Saturday by the new group, which calls itself Militant Popular Revolutionary Forces, contains several references suggesting close ties between Golden Dawn and the police, which it describes as “the armed dogs of the regime.” Police fear that the group’s insistence on links between the force and the party means an attack on the police is likely.

Fears have been further fueled by the discovery on Saturday of a barrel containing four Kalashnikov assault rifles, 10 hand grenades and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in Ippokrateio Politeia, north of Athens. Officers dug up the barrel, which had been buried in a forest, after receiving a tip-off. The barrel is believed to have been recently hidden as the guns were oiled and ready for use.

Since the proclamation’s release, police have received many requests for protection by “individuals and sensitive targets,” sources said.

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