AEK fans held after attacks

Fourteen fans of the AEK soccer club were arrested in the early hours of Saturday, suspected of involvement in a firebomb attack on a police station and an assault on two officers, one of whom had his service revolver stolen. The fans were arrested at the headquarters of the Originals, the most fanatic of the Athens team’s supporters. In a raid, police found their colleague’s revolver, many knives and makeshift weapons, such as baseball bats and iron bars. Earlier, four youths had thrown petrol bombs at a patrol car parked outside the Nea Philadelphia police station, causing damage but no injuries. The attackers then ran away in the direction of the Originals’ offices. A little later, two members of the police special guard unit who had finished their shift walked past. A group of youths came out of the building and attacked the men. They stole a bag containing one of the officers’ weapons. This prompted the police raid. The 14 youths were being held at the Nea Philadelphia police station and were to appear before a public prosecutor. It was not clear what prompted the rampage.

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