Officers overpower suspects in Athens bar

Police have arrested two Albanian men, wanted for 13 armed robberies in the last few months, during a random check of an Athens nightspot, authorities said yesterday. Police said the two suspects, armed with fully loaded handguns, fought with police in a bid to evade arrest but were eventually detained. The men, aged 23 and 26, are believed to have been part of a six-member gang that held up banks and companies in Patras in the Peloponnese and the greater Athens area. They are also suspected of stealing dozens of cars for their armed heists by forcing the owners out of the vehicles as they pulled up at a kiosk or traffic lights. Police have launched a manhunt for the remaining gang members, including a 28-year-old man who escaped from a prison in Larissa, central Greece.

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