New terror group a worry for police

The proclamation by an unknown terrorist group, claiming Tuesday’s bloodless attack against a police station in the Athens suburb of Korydallos, is causing real concern among the ranks of police, who believe the new group is «connected» to the established Revolutionary Struggle and fear that it might see its threats to indiscriminately kill police officers realized. According to police, the group, called the Sect of Revolutionaries, displays «unprecedented cynicism» in its proclamation, whose full text was published in yesterday’s Ta Nea newspaper. «Our aim was to execute them,» the statement said, in reference to policemen at the Korydallos unit. «Cops are like doughnuts – they’re no good unless they have a hole in the middle,» another extract said. Police believe the group members are younger than those of Revolutionary Struggle and more driven by violence for its own sake than ideologically spurred like the disbanded November 17. «It is likely that we will see a blind attack again soon,» one officer told Kathimerini. «We must act immediately, as every officer in uniform is at risk,» he added. In another headache for ruling New Democracy yesterday, an improvised explosive device comprising gas canisters exploded outside the central Athens offices of Alternate Interior Minister Christos Markoyiannakis, causing minor damage. Meanwhile, a 37-year-old policeman who on Wednesday shot a private security guard outside the US Embassy in Athens is today to defend himself before an investigating magistrate on charges of attempted murder. It is thought that the officer, who reportedly has been unable to logically explain why he fired his service gun, will refer to psychological problems he allegedly suffers from.

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