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Five suspected members of far right group arrested for Peloponnese blasts

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Five suspected members of a far right group have been arrested on suspicion of being behind explosions in Kalamata and Mystras in the Peloponnese early on Friday.

Those arrested are a 52-year-old man from Kalamata and four men from Drama, northeastern Greece, aged 25 to 34.

They are suspected of planting rudimentary explosive devices outside the Bank of Greece in Kalamata and at the statue of Byzantine emperor Constantine Palaiologos in Mystras. Nobody was injured in the blasts.

In both cases a symbol known as the Delphic Epsilon was spray-painted onto the walls where the explosions took place (photo). The symbol appears at the Temple of Apollo in Delphi and the group is thought to worship Zeus and believe that there is a direct link between modern and ancient Greeks.

During raids on the suspects’ homes, the police seized shotguns, some 2,500 cartridges, swords and bows and arrows.