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SUPERMARKET SCORCHED

Store in Peristeri badly damaged by major blaze A fire that broke out on Saturday evening at a branch of the Sklavenitis supermarket chain on Kifissos Avenue in Peristeri, western Attica, caused serious damage to the premises, which had been open at the time, but no injuries to customers or staff who managed to flee the premises in time. Firemen, called to the supermarket shortly after 8 a.m., managed to bring the blaze under control fairly quickly. But they remained on standby for a few hours to extinguish a possible rekindling of the blaze, which started in the store’s main warehouse. TIED UP Bulgarian woman ‘was abused’ A 35-year-old Bulgarian national alleged to have been keeping a 32-year-old compatriot in an apartment against her will was in police custody yesterday after officers found the woman with her hands and feet bound, abandoned in a forest on the outskirts of Thessaloniki. Police, who said the woman bore signs of physical abuse, are seeking another two Bulgarian men in connection with the woman’s alleged exploitation. It was unclear yesterday whether the 35-year-old suspect faced charges related to physical abuse or forced prostitution. Robber suspects Three men arrested in connection to a robbery on a post office in Oreokastro, near Thessaloniki, late on Friday, have been linked to the abduction of a 33-year-old businessman in Thessaloniki early last month, police said on Saturday. The suspects, aged 31, 34 and 28, were caught following Friday’s armed raid that netted them just over 9,000 euros. The three are subsequently alleged to have admitted to their role in the kidnapping of the businessman on July 8 and his release on receiving a ransom from his relatives. Drug haul Police in Crete on Saturday arrested two Albanian nationals in the act of hiding a package of drugs, presumably for collection by a prospective customer, after several days of monitoring the suspects. Spotting the two men, aged 23 and 27, leaving their apartment in Akrotiri, police followed the car, which stopped in a remote spot off the Hania-Rethymno national road. The pair were then seen hiding a package, which turned out to contain drugs, under a shrub. A subsequent raid by police on their home turned up 1.4 kilos of cannabis, a smaller quantity of cocaine and three sets of scales. Police attacked A group of around 10 self-styled anarchists hurled Molotov cocktails and flares at a riot police unit in the central Athens district of Exarchia early on Saturday but caused no significant damage or injury. After the attack, on the unit posted on the junction of Zoodohou Pigis and Academias streets, the perpetrators fled in the direction of Exarchia’s main square. There were no arrests. Boat crash A fishing boat that crashed into a yacht moored at a marina in Glyfada on Saturday sunk immediately after the collision but the owner of the boat was unhurt. There had been no one in the yacht at the time of the collision, the cause of which was unclear.