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Gunman to blame for bomb, too?

A heroin addict who strained the limits of police efficiency on Saturday during a shooting spree through central Athens after being evicted from a drug rehabilitation program was also behind a bomb attack last week on the rehabilitation center, police said yesterday. A spokesman said fingerprints belonging to Dimitris Aivadzidis, 38, had been found on the remains of a gas-canister bomb that exploded outside the OKANA state drug rehabilitation center on Averoff Street in central Athens on June 3. A 19-year-old man also arrested on Saturday, but for robbing a couple in Varkiza on the southern outskirts of Athens, is believed to have participated in the bombing, while police are also seeking Yiannis Niarakis, 36, in connection with the blast – which damaged a car but injured no one. Aivadzidis began his shotgun rampage at another OKANA branch in Exarchia, before shooting at two policemen, disarming a third and proceeding to the prime minister’s residence in Kolonaki, where he fired into the air and exchanged shots with security guards before being run to ground in Koukaki.