Store owner dies in Athens precinct while giving statement on robbery attempt

A coroner on Tuesday was due to conduct an autopsy on a 46-year-old Bangladeshi shop owner who died after collapsing while giving a statement to police at a central Athens precinct following an attempted robbery on his store.

The 46-year-old was attending his grocery store in Aghios Panteleimonas when a 28-year-old Afghan man entered the premises late on Monday night and threatened him with violence if he did not hand over several packets of cigarettes. The 46-year-old owner managed to run out of the store and close the electric shutters behind him, trapping the robber inside. He called the 100 emergency number and police arrived to take the 28-year-old into custody.

According to reports, the 46-year-old collapsed suddenly at the Aghios Panteleimonas precinct while giving his statement regarding the incident. Paramedics called to the scene took him to an Athens hospital, where he died of as yet unknown causes.

An investigation is under way to determine the cause of death.

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