Police seek third Xeros hideout as probe builds

Police sources on Wednesday expressed certainty that convicted November 17 terrorist Christodoulos Xeros, who was arrested last weekend in Anavyssos, southeast of Athens, and his alleged accomplices had maintained a third hideout, possibly in the Greek capital.

In comments to Kathimerini, a high-ranking police official said he was optimistic that authorities would trace the hideout soon, adding that it was believed to be located in “an urban area” unlike the other two – which were found in Anavyssos, southeast of Athens, and Loutraki, west of the capital. According to the official, a plan by Xeros and his associates to free jailed members of the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire guerrilla group had foreseen half of the convicts going to the Loutraki hideout and the rest going to the third hideout.

Police did not release further details of the planned actions by Xeros and his associates though it is regarded as certain that they had intended to carry out a series of blasts following the discovery of dozens of ready-made bombs in the Loutraki hideout. Police said on Wednesday that they also found 89 sticks of dynamite and 45 plastic containers packed with ammonium nitrate at the Loutraki house. Local residents said they had seen a 22-year-old woman, identified by police as Angeliki Sp., entering and leaving the property along with a man whose description does not match that of Xeros.

In a statement uploaded on the Internet on Wednesday, jailed Conspiracy of Cells of Fire members described Angeliki Sp. as a “friend of the revolt” and accused journalists of “waging a dirty war” against her, vowing revenge on her behalf.