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IMMIGRANTS CAUGHT

Coast guard nabs illegal visitors on islands of Oinouses, Samos The coast guard detained on Saturday 18 illegal immigrants, all males, off the islet of Oinouses, close to Chios. The immigrants were traveling in a wooden boat that had run aground after it started to take in water, authorities said. Separately, 12 illegal immigrants were spotted on the island of Samos on Saturday. The immigrants, including two women and four children, had crossed over into Greece from Turkey, according to the Merchant Marine Ministry. They were all taken to a local hospital for medical examinations. ARSON ATTACK Police station comes under fire A group of youths threw seven Molotov cocktails at a police station in Zografou, eastern Athens, early yesterday morning, officers said. Nobody was injured in the incident. The police station is often a target for self-styled anarchists from nearby student halls of residence. In a separate incident, a group of 10 youths set fire to two dumpsters on Patission Street in central Athens and threw firebombs at the OTE telecom building, police said. No injuries were reported. Stun grenade A stun grenade was thrown at an apartment in Voula, southeast Athens, on Saturday, smashing the balcony window, police said. No one was hurt in the attack. The apartment occupant, who owns an ice-cream company, told police that he had not received any threats against him. Supermarket sweep Two armed men wearing crash helmets stole some 40,000 euros from a supermarket in eastern Athens on Saturday night, police said. The robbers threatened staff at the My Market store on Georgiou Papandreou Street in Zografou with handguns at about 8 p.m. The pair made off on foot, officers said. Holdup Two armed men held up a convenience store in Ambelokipi, central Athens, on Saturday and struck the owner over the head with the butt of a gun. The two culprits, who escaped by motorbike, allegedly stole 1,000 euros in cash and another 1,000 euros’ worth of mobile phone cards.