Members of guerrilla group planned to kill N17 convict, police say

Jailed members of the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire guerrilla group constructed makeshift bombs in their cells in Attica’s high-security Korydallos Prison, police sources have told Kathimerini as it emerged that members of the group had plotted to kill November 17 convict Christodoulos Xeros after he sought a key role in their planned escape.

A police source told Kathimerini that dozens of bombs found in Xeros’s hideout in Loutraki, west of Athens, had been constructed by Angeliki Spyropoulou, an alleged accomplice of Xeros, based on the prototypes created by jailed Conspiracy members.

A police raid on the Loutraki hideout turned up memory sticks containing encrypted correspondence between Spyropoulou and the jailed terrorists. An analysis of their contents revealed instructions on bomb making and pointed to plans by the guerrilla group members to kill Xeros.

According to police sources, the Conspiracy group members objected to Xeros seeking a leading role in a plan to free them from Korydallos and considered him responsible for two failed bomb attacks, one at a police station in Itea, central Greece, in May 2014, and the other at a tax office in Korydallos in March of that year.

On Thursday, police arrested a 29-year-old Albanian whose fingerprints were found in the Loutraki hideout following the arrest on Wednesday of a 23-year-old Greek also believed to be an accomplice of Xeros.