Counter-terrorism unit conducting raids in two Athens neighborhoods


Greece’s counter-terrorism unit on Tuesday launched a major operation in the Athens neighborhoods of Kallithea and Neos Cosmos as part of a crackdown on an organized crime group.

The operation is linked to an older case of arms smuggling uncovered in the eastern Aegean and has so far resulted in raids on three properties and nine suspects, all Turkish nationals, being taken into custody.

Sources in the Citizens’ Protection Ministry said investigators are focusing on a number of suspects connected with a foreign armed group, though not with Islamic State.