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Policemen injured

Off-duty officer slashed in Omonia, two others run over An off-duty police officer was in the hospital yesterday after being attacked by a suspected drug addict who pulled a flick-knife on him as he emerged from the Omonia metro station. According to the officer’s account, the addict asked him for money and, when he refused, produced a flick-knife from his pocket and slashed him across the face before fleeing. The extent of the officer’s injuries was unclear. Later yesterday, two policemen were run over by an unidentified motorist outside the soccer ground of Acharnaikos, in Menidi, northwest of Athens, where a game had just finished. The perpetrator had been trying to avoid a police inspection, officers said. The injuries were not serious. Violent break-in Woman beaten for 15 euros A 58-year-old woman was in critical condition on Saturday after an intruder broke into her home in the village of Dafnoudi, near the northern town of Serres, and beat her violently before fleeing with 15 euros and her bank book. The assailant bound and gagged his victim before searching her home for cash, according to police who said the 58-year-old was found later by a friend. Dealers caught Three major drug dealers believed to have been operating out of Attica were taken in for questioning on Saturday, police said. Officers said they confiscated large quantities of drugs and guns but gave no further details. Child robber Police in Thessaloniki on Saturday detained an 11-year-old Albanian boy caught fleeing from a cafe in the city’s Ambelokipi district, which he and a 20-year-old compatriot are believed to have burgled. According to officers that were on patrol, who spotted the pair emerging from the cafe in the early hours of Saturday, they netted 150 euros and two television sets. The 20-year-old managed to flee with the loot. The youngster, who was caught, is in Greece illegally, police said. Thwarted mugger A mugger who smashed the car window of a female motorist waiting at traffic lights near central Omonia Square before grabbing her bag and fleeing was run over by the same woman who tried to chase the robber, police in Athens said on Saturday. The man was transfered to hospital while the woman was detained for questioning. Fatal electrocution Two employees of a removals firm suffered fatal electrocution early yesterday when the metal crane they had been using to lift furniture to a third-floor apartment in the northern Athens suburb of Maroussi came into contact with high voltage electricity cables. The two men were taken to hospital, where their deaths were confirmed. African dust Unseasonably high temperatures and a cloud of dust from the Sahara Desert will burden the atmosphere tomorrow and Wednesday, meteorologists say. The elderly and those with breathing problems are advised to restrict outings.