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Greek student dead in quake

Italian rescue workers yesterday pulled the body of a 28-year-old Greek student from the rubble of his apartment in L’Aquila, the central Italian town razed by a 6.3-magnitude earthquake that struck on Monday, killing more than 200 people, after several hours of efforts to save him. Workers had located Vassilis Koufolias on Monday, as well as his 24-year-old sister and another fellow student who had been in the apartment when the quake struck. His sister and the other student were rescued from the rubble with minor injuries. Koufolias’s mother and girlfriend reportedly shouted words of support for hours as rescue workers struggled to reach the 28-year-old. At 4 a.m. yesterday, the workers got to him but he was already dead. Hundreds of Greek students based in the medieval town were flown home on an Olympic Airlines flight from Rome yesterday and hundreds more boarded ferries to Patras from Bari.