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Seven men, one Greek, arrested in Albania for smuggling guns into Greece Seven people, including a Greek man, have been arrested in Albania on suspicion of smuggling arms into Greece, Albanian police said yesterday. The men were arrested in Elbasan, some 55 kilometers south of Tirana. Deputy Interior Minister Gjergj Lezhja said three Kalashnikov rifles were found in the car of 28-year-old Giorgos Kosmidis. Authorities believe that he was going to smuggle the arms into Greece. Police then raided the homes of six Albanian men where they found weapons and ammunition. UNIONIST DEATH Coroner finds no signs of violence A second coroner said on Saturday that postal unionist Michalis Gourneziakis died of inflammation of the lungs and heart failure and there were no signs that he had been beaten. Gourneziakis collapsed early on Friday after an alleged argument with a rival unionist. Some witnesses claimed Gourneziakis had been attacked but an initial autopsy did not confirm this. The second autopsy was carried out at the request of the unionist’s family. Rape suspect A 51-year-old Albanian national was arrested in Corinth in the Peloponnese for the alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl, police said yesterday. The victim, a Brazilian national, told police that she was raped by the suspect, an electrician, in February when he came to her house to carry out repair work. Unstoppable An Athens municipal rubbish truck damaged 11 cars and two motorbikes early on Saturday when its brakes failed and the driver lost control of the vehicle, authorities said. The accident took place in Polygono, north of the city center, at about 2.05 a.m. Deadly crash Three people were killed in a car accident in Thessaloniki yesterday after the vehicle they were traveling in smashed into a pole and caught fire.