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FATAL CRASH

One person killed, 12 injured after police bus collides with car One person was killed and 12 injured yesterday when a police bus carrying border guards collided with a car on the Ioannina-Konitsa national road in northwestern Greece. The accident occurred at 2.30 p.m. and resulted in the bus overturning. The bus driver was killed in the crash but was not identified. Four border guards were seriously injured, some suffering broken limbs, and another eight suffered slight injuries. Ioannina traffic police were investigating the causes of the accident. JAIL EXPLOSION Group claims responsibility A group called Revolutionary Brigades claimed responsibility on Saturday for an explosion outside Korydallos Prison in western Athens. Police said that no one was injured by the homemade bomb that went off at the outer fence of the women’s prison late on Saturday, causing minor damage. Ten minutes before the bomb went off, a warning call was made to several television stations by an anonymous caller. Markopoulo cheetah An African cheetah was roaming the streets of Markopoulo, east of Athens, on Sunday after escaping from a nearby wildlife park, authorities said. About 30 minutes after escaping, police found the wandering cheetah and notified park officials, who managed to recapture the animal and return it to its cage. Deadly drop A Dutch woman was found dead on Saturday afternoon several hours after falling some 20 meters into a waterfall in Edessa, northern Greece, authorities said. The tourist was not named and it was not immediately clear how she fell. Bank attack Police said yesterday that three unknown men threw fire bombs at a branch of Piraeus Bank in Exarcheia, central Athens, causing serious damage. The men first smashed the front window of the bank and then threw Molotov cocktails into the bank’s office area. No one was hurt in the incident. Conscript death The Defense Ministry confirmed the death yesterday of a 27-year-old conscript who was serving on the island of Samos. His body was recovered from the sea off the village of Karkinagris. Military officials have launched an investigation into the exact cause of death. Hash haul Border guards and police in Kastoria caught one of four men carrying some 52 kilos of hashish into Greece from Albania early Sunday, authorities said. The officers had been acting on a tip-off and at 1 a.m. arrested the suspect, an Albanian national who was not named, in a forest near the border. The other three men managed to escape arrest, police said.