Citizen hands in grenade at Ambelokipi precinct

Citizen hands in grenade at Ambelokipi precinct

Bomb disposal experts were dispatched to the Ambelokipi police precinct just north of central Athens on Monday afternoon to take control of a hand grenade handed in by a citizen, who claimed he had found it on the street.

The incident came several hours after a grenade attack on a police precinct in nearby Kaisariani, which injured a bystander and was allegedly carried out to express solidarity with Constantinos Giagtzoglou, the jailed terrorist suspect who is on hunger strike, demanding his transfer back to Attica's high-security Korydallos Prison from a Larissa penitentiary.

It also caused additional concern among the officers on duty, as it coincided with the processing of journalist Costas Vaxevanis, who had been arrested on the basis of a defamation suit filed by former prime minister Antonis Samaras.

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