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Blast damages Uruguayan embassy vehicles but causes no injuries Two cars belonging to the Uruguayan Embassy in Athens were damaged early yesterday in a firebomb attack, police said. An improvised device consisting of camping gas canisters exploded outside the envoy’s residence in the northern suburb of Nea Erythraia at around 2.15 a.m. Nobody was hurt in the attack. About two hours later, four incendiary devices exploded outside a branch of the National Bank in central Athens. An ATM was damaged but no injuries were reported. At about 4.30 a.m., two similar devices went off in the parking areas of two apartment blocks in the downtown neighborhood of Pangrati. Four cars and a motorcycle were destroyed in the ensuing fire. FAN DEATH Olympiakos supporter denies part in killing rival last month An Olympiakos supporter, who is also an employee of the Intracom technology group, yesterday denied any part in the death of Panathinaikos fan Michalis Filopoulos during a mass brawl between hooligans last month. The unnamed man, who was questioned by a prosecutor, is one of five suspects who allegedly stabbed and beat Filopoulos on Lavriou Avenue in Paeania, northeast of Athens, during a prearranged meeting between supporters of the two rival sides. The other four suspects are due to face questioning today. Driver disciplined Accused of mistreating gay couple A bus driver has been suspended for three days for forcing two married gay men to get off his bus, even though they were being harassed by a group of youths in Kifissia, northern Athens, it was revealed yesterday. The Athens Urban Transport Organization’s (OASA) disciplinary panel rejected the driver’s claims that he had asked the men to get off the bus because he feared for the safety of the other passengers. The two men, Greeks from Belgium, were chased by the group of youths and boarded the bus to get away. The couple reported the incident to authorities. Kifissos cleanup Kathimerini newspaper and Skai TV and Radio are organizing an event on Sunday May 6 to promote the cleaning up of the Kifissos River. Readers interested in taking part should gather along the banks of the river at Adames, near Nea Kifissia in northern Athens, where participants will help clean the river. A similar event will take place at the mouth of the river in Neo Faliron one week later (May 13). Smuggled cigarettes Thessaloniki customs officials yesterday discovered 10 million cigarettes that had been smuggled into Greece and were bound for the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). The boxes in which the cigarettes had been hidden indicated that they contained household electrical appliances. Authorities said the duties which should have been paid on the cigarettes totaled 1.27 million euros. The cigarette cartons had been wrapped in plastic to prevent customs officials smelling the tobacco. Armed robbery Two armed men held up a branch of Emporiki Bank in Nea Smyrni, southern Athens, yesterday and made off with about 15,000 euros in cash, police said. The assailants were each carrying a Kalashnikov rifle and disarmed the security guard on duty. The two men escaped from the bank in a car driven by an accomplice. Couple dies An elderly couple were killed yesterday when the car in which they were traveling fell into a 70-meter ravine near Ioannina, northwest Greece. The dead couple was named as 70-year-old Stefanos Stavrou and his 68-year-old wife Lambrini. It took rescuers more than an hour to pull their bodies from the wreckage. Police said it was not immediately clear what had caused the accident. Tilos aid The government yesterday pledged to subsidize more frequent ferry services for the island of Tilos, in the Dodecanese. Islanders had blockaded the island’s ports for nearly three weeks, demanding more regular ferry services to help local businesses survive.

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