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Big arms cache could be that of terror group

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A cache of heavy weaponry discovered in a village in central Greece following the arrest of Giorgos Petrakakos, an alleged terrorist, could belong to a guerrilla group which has hit diplomatic and political targets in Greece, police believe.

Officers found a wealth of arms buried in the garden of a house allegedly rented by Petrakakos in Molos, Fthiotida, central Greece. Police seized a rocket-propelled grenade, six Kalashnikov assault rifles, two submachine guns, dynamite, hand grenades and ammunition. Ballistics tests on the AK-47s indicated that they have not been used in previous attacks.

Police sources said the arms likely belonged to Group of Popular Fighters. The organization has claimed responsibility for attacks on the Israeli Embassy in Athens in December last year, on the offices of New Democracy in January 2013 and the home of the German ambassador to Greece in December that year.

Petrakakos, 36, is a suspected accomplice of Nikos Maziotis, the leader of another guerrilla group, Revolutionary Struggle. Petrakakos was remanded in custody, along with his girlfriend, Monday after testifying before an investigating magistrate.