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Felled robber was in 40 raids

A 25-year-old Albanian, killed in Ambelokipi on Wednesday in a police shootout, had taken part in more than 40 armed robberies and two attempted homicides in Attica over the past two years, officers said yesterday. Festim Likai (also known as Christo Gouma) had headed a gang that has netted more than 300,000 euros from raids on banks and stores, according to police. The 4,100 euros found in Likai’s pockets after Wednesday’s shootout were the proceeds of a raid earlier that day on a bank in Brahami, officers said. Using Likai’s fingerprints, police determined his participation in 18 bank robberies, 20 store raids and four car heists (twice Likai fired at the drivers, without injuring them). Police traced Likai from information gleaned following the arrests of a 21-year-old Albanian in Parga and an 18-year-old in Athens earlier this week. Police said they fired at Likai in self-defense after he shot at them four times upon leaving his apartment.