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AIRPORT ARREST

Man headed for Brussels caught carrying gun and ammunition A 52-year-old Greek man was arrested at Macedonia Airport in Thessaloniki yesterday after trying to board a flight to Brussels while carrying a 9-millimeter handgun and 74 bullets, authorities said. The unnamed man is a resident of the Belgian capital, officers added. Police did not indicate why the man had been carrying the gun but said that he did not have a license for the firearm. PIRAEUS EXPLOSION Blast at first-floor gold workshop leaves owner with slight burns A goldsmith was slightly injured in an explosion at his workshop in Piraeus yesterday, police said. The unnamed man was taken to the hospital suffering from burns but was not in any danger, according to authorities. The explosion in the first-floor workshop occurred at 11 a.m. The fire service said that a gas leak had probably caused the blast. Nobody else in the building was injured but the windows of two nearby apartments were smashed. Boy found A 14-year-old boy who went missing from his home near Thessaloniki on Friday morning turned up safe and sound on Saturday, authorities said. The boy was found in the center of Thessaloniki. Social workers said that he had probably left home to meet people he had become acquainted with over the Internet. Police targeted Arsonists destroyed a police car outside the police station in Petralona, southern Athens, on Saturday night. Nobody was injured in the incident, which took place at 9 p.m. The attackers placed a homemade explosive device, which included a jerry can of petrol and three cooking gas canisters, under the car. No arrests were made. Tempe quake An earthquake measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale shook parts of central Greece at 8.23 a.m. yesterday. The tremor struck the town of Tempe but was also felt in the cities of Larissa and Katerini. There were no reports of injuries or damage. The Athens Geodynamic Institute said that the quake was no cause for concern. Robbers strike Three armed men wearing hoods broke into a house in the northern Athens suburb of Filothei early on Saturday morning and stole a number of valuable items, including electrical goods and jewelry, after threatening a family at gunpoint, police said.