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Arson attack

Gas canister blast at bank in Neo Psychico wreaks damage Arsonists caused serious damage to a branch of Piraeus Bank in the affluent northern suburb of Neo Psychico early yesterday. The attack, which was carried out using the gas-canister bombs usually favored by self-styled anarchists, caused no injuries. There had been no claim of responsibility by late yesterday. Migrants rescued Three got lost in mountains Three would-be illegal immigrants from Albania were found unharmed yesterday in harsh mountain terrain in the prefecture of Florina, northwestern Greece, an announcement by the local fire service said. The trio had become lost in a forested area and used a mobile phone to call for help. The ensuing search was carried out in difficult conditions because of snowfall and poor visibility due to thick fog. A rescue team of border guards and firemen eventually found the three, who were taken to a hospital in Florina for precautionary reasons. ISAP disruptions Services on the Kifissia-Piraeus electric railway (ISAP) will be disrupted on the coming two weekends as ongoing work to upgrade the route continues. Repairs were carried out yesterday on the line’s Kifissia station where a train was torched by arsonists early on Tuesday. According to an ISAP announcement yesterday, the Neo Iraklion-Kifissia section will be closed this weekend, followed next weekend, March 14-15, by the Attiki-Eirini section. Passengers who normally travel these sections will be able to use the 500B and 500G bus routes respectively. Worksite targeted A group of youngsters hurled Molotov cocktail bombs at a construction site in the central Athens district of Exarchia, causing damage to trucks and machinery but no injuries. The motive behind the attack was unclear yesterday. Emergency landing A firefighting plane was forced to carry out an emergency landing in the sea off the southern coast of Evia, the Merchant Marine Ministry said yesterday, noting that no harm had come to the five people inside the aircraft. A boat was dispatched to the scene of the emergency landing, off the coast of Amarynthos, to tow the aircraft to safety. Drug haul Police in Kozani, northern Greece, yesterday were questioning a 19-year-old Albanian national after discovering nearly 70 kilos of cannabis in his car after stopping him for an inspection near Kastoria. The suspect initially refused to stop at a police signal and was pursued by officers. Police found three rucksacks containing the drugs in his car. Soccer shock Panathinaikos was the victim of the year’s biggest upset in soccer’s Greek Cup, losing 3-2 at home to Panserraikos last night and been dumped out of the competition. Asteras Tripolis, which beat Panionios 1-0 yesterday, and AEK will join Panserraikos in the semifinals.