Car used in guard hit identified

The getaway car used in the murder of policeman Haralambos Amanatidis, who was shot dead early on New Year’s Eve while guarding the British military attache’s residence in the northern Athens suburb of Kifissia, was identified by officers yesterday. Forensic experts discovered traces of Amanatidis’s blood inside a white Nissan Micra, which was found abandoned on New Year’s Day some 3 kilometers away in Maroussi. It is thought the blood may have rubbed off the guard’s gun, which was taken from him. «This is an extremely complicated case with many questions. All aspects are being examined with great attention and no possibility is being ruled out,» said Public Order Minister Giorgos Voulgarakis. Officers leading the investigation think it is likely that two attackers were involved and that each used their own gun. As the probe proceeds, the likelihood of a terrorist link to the murder is gathering pace. «If this is a terrorist attack, it is a totally new form of crime that combines random violence and great ferocity with a dubious ideological base,» said Voulgarakis.

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