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Policemen suspected of working at Piraeus bar where shooting took place

At least three serving policemen are thought to have been working at the bar in Mikrolimano, Piraeus, where a 31-year-old man opened fire with an AK-47 early on Saturday, resulting in 15 people being injured.

Sources said that two former policemen who have been linked in the past to prostitution rings are thought to be involved in some way in the ownership of the establishment. This has not been confirmed, though, by the police. It is expected that the police’s internal affairs department will investigate the matter further, particularly the suspicions that policemen were working at the bar.

The force’s priority, however, is to catch the Albanian national suspected of carrying out the shooting. The suspect was released from jail in Hania, Crete, in August 2013 after serving a sentence for robbery.

It emerged yesterday that he had been staying since Thursday night in a hotel opposite the bar. Police searched the room he had rented and found an AK-47 magazine. Several people are alleged to have visited him while he was a guest at the hotel.