Shipowner’s son evades abductors

The son of shipowner Andreas Martinos narrowly escaped an attempted kidnap on Thursday outside the offices of his father’s company, Minerva Marine, in southern Athens.

A car stopped behind Andreas-Yiannis Martinos’s vehicle as the 33-year-old was reversing away from the firm’s offices in Voula. At the same time, a minivan pulled up alongside him and two armed men got out. Martinos rammed the car behind him, which caught fire, and drove into the company’s secure parking garage.

The suspected kidnappers got into the van and drove off, leaving the other burning vehicle. The minivan was later found by police. It had been set on fire. Officers suspect a third vehicle, an SUV, was involved in the attempted abduction.