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Hunter kills forest ranger

A 56-year-old man from Amaliada in the Peloponnese was in detention yesterday after he allegedly shot two forest rangers, killing one and seriously injuring the second, when they warned him against hunting in a local forest. The suspect is alleged to have opened fire on the two rangers who came across him in a forest in the area of Peristeri and told him that hunting was forbidden. One of the rangers, aged 31, was killed instantly while the other guard, who is 27 years old, was taken to a military hospital in Patra with serious injuries. A subsequent search by police at the home of the suspect turned up five guns. A 37-year-old farmer from Kalyvia, near Agrinio, central Greece, was last year sentenced to life imprisonment for shooting dead five hunters in December 2006. His father was convicted as an accomplice in the attack triggered by a dispute over the victims’ right to hunt in the area.