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Parking avengers gang sparked separatist fear

Police in the northwestern town of Paramythia on Saturday named the five young Greeks they had arrested the previous day as culpable for two explosions which some officials and commentators had feared were signs of Albanian irredentism in the border region. It appeared that the motive of the five in damaging the local police station on December 15 was to exact revenge for being issued parking tickets. On New Year’s Eve, they damaged the local bishop’s gate in an apparent bid to confuse the investigation. They were caught after using another two makeshift devices on Friday that made a lot of noise but caused no damage. Police gave chase and later found the car they were pursuing outside the house of one of the five. The men, who allegedly called their gang «January 4,» are: Thomas Godoras, 22, Grigoris Liaros, 18, Theodoros Pavlos, 19, (all of whom are construction workers), Lambros Kontos, 23, (a house painter) and Spyros Kouroutis, 18, (a car electrician and the son of a policemen).The gang allegedly stole fuses and dynamite from an Egnatia Road construction site.