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Policemen attacked

One officer stabbed, another saved by bulletproof vest An Athens police officer was yesterday being treated for minor shoulder injuries after being stabbed by a 34-year-old suspect whom he had stopped near the central Varvakeios Market for a random inspection. The suspect allegedly attacked the officer with a jackknife in his attempt to flee. He was arrested shortly afterward. Also on Saturday, a policeman trying to arrest a 35-year-old Albanian national near the city’s railway station was shot in the chest but was not hurt, since he was wearing a bulletproof vest. The Albanian was detained. Missing rafter Rescuers scour Lousios River Rescue workers yesterday scoured the Lousios River in the Peloponnese in search of a 30-year-old rafter who went missing in the afternoon during an excursion with six other kayakers. The man, who had been sharing a kayak with two women, reportedly disappeared after the boat capsized. Heavy rain over the past few days has swollen the river. Child porn Police in Crete yesterday were questioning a 29-year-old photographer believed to have been producing and trading in child pornography. The suspect was traced after the parents of two girls, whose ages were not revealed, lodged complaints that explicit photographs of the girls had been uploaded onto the Internet. A search of the suspect’s home in the port of Hania uncovered four computer hard drives containing suspect material. Pendeli replanting Some 30,000 volunteers participated in an initiative backed by Skai to reforest the slopes of Mount Pendeli, charred in a large blaze in August 2007, Pendeli Mayor Dimitris Stergiou said yesterday. A total of 40,000 shrubs and saplings have been planted, he added. Violent robbery Three men who burst into a convenience store in the southern district of Dafni on Friday night, wielding a knife and air gun, and injured a policeman who tried to intervene, were charged with robbery and attempted manslaughter yesterday. The robbers, who fled with 375 euros, were intercepted by police. An officer was slightly hurt when one of the robbers nicked him with his switchblade. Bounced check A 51-year-old man, who on Saturday tried to cash a forged check for the amount of 3 million euros at a bank in Halandri, northern Athens, was arrested almost immediately. The suspect produced forged documents, claiming that the check had been issued in Ireland, and raised employees’ suspicions. A computer search revealed that he was wanted after being convicted to five years in jail for several robberies. Basketball cup Panathinaikos and Olympiakos will contest the Greek Cup final in basketball on February 21. Panathinaikos defeated Maroussi 76-72 away in overtime on Saturday, while Olympiakos downed Panionios 84-79 at home yesterday.