Police on standby after Roma dispute leaves one dead

Police in the western Athens district of Egaleo were on standby Saturday after a dispute between two Roma families left one person dead, another injured and two properties seriously damaged.

The vendetta began on Friday after a 21-year-old man rammed two men with his car, killing a 45-year-old and sending a 31-year-old to hospital.

Police said the driver and the 31-year-old had earlier been involved in a brawl with the driver of the car, raising suspicions that the former deliberately aimed for him with his vehicle but also hit the second man.

Police said the 45-year-old victim was not connected to the previous argument.

The driver allegedly went on the run following the incident.

Meanwhile, later on Friday, a group of about 100 people set fire to a shop owned by the elusive 21-year-old.

A few hours later, another group set fire to a house that belongs to a relative of his.

A riot police squad has been dispatched to the area to prevent fresh violence. Authorities said investigations would continue.

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