Three held over bombs found at soccer club

Police in the Peloponnesian town of Tripoli yesterday were questioning three suspects in connection with the discovery of several homemade bombs that had been placed in the changing rooms of the local Asteras Tripolis soccer club. Officers were led to the club by the owner of a car, parked near the city center, whose license plates had been concealed and whose interior smelt of petrol. After tracking down the owner of the suspect vehicle, police said they questioned him and he admitted planting the devices. The suspect reportedly told police that he and another three people had planted the devices to cause damage to the premises but not injury. Officers said they found five improvised explosive devices in and around the club’s changing rooms. Most were metal receptacles filled with petrol and gas canisters. The devices, none of which had detonated, were being analyzed by police forensic experts.