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CHIOS ESCAPE

Investigation launched after four migrants break out of cell Four undocumented migrants, arrested on Friday for trying to enter Greece illegally, escaped from their holding cell near the headquarters of the coast guard on the eastern Aegean island of Chios yesterday. The three men and one woman sawed through the iron bars and wire mesh on their cell window. An internal investigation was launched into the escape. EXARCHIA ATTACK Firebombs hurled at police A group of about 15 people attacked with Molotov cocktails a riot police squad that was stationed on Tositsa Street in Exarchia early yesterday. The assailants threw four firebombs at the officers but there were no injuries. A parked car was damaged. No arrests were made. Charred body Police believe that the charred body found in a burned car in Koropi, east of Athens, on Saturday may be that of a Syrian man who was reported missing by his wife last Monday. Firefighters discovered the body after locals informed them that a vehicle was on fire. The vehicle was identified as belonging to the Syrian man but forensic tests were being conducted over the weekend to establish whether the remains found in the car’s passenger seat were his. Hit and run Traffic police in Athens were yesterday searching for the driver of a car that damaged 19 parked vehicles near Kalliga Square in the Patissia neighborhood near central Athens. The driver crashed into the cars early on Saturday morning but then drove off, according to witnesses. Mall drugs More than 3 kilos of cocaine and over 1 kilo of hashish have been recovered by police in Thessaloniki after they searched a car that was parked at a shopping mall on the outskirts of the city. Two men, aged 26 and 31, were arrested after police searched the car late on Friday night. More than a kilo of hashish and 115 grams of cocaine were found in the vehicle but police then searched the 31-year-old’s house where they discovered another 3 kilos of cocaine. The 26-year-old tried to evade arrest but drove his car into three police vehicles. Neither of the suspects was further identified. Collapsed roof The roof of an abandoned building in Amerikis Square in central Athens collapsed on Saturday afternoon. Nobody was injured in the incident, which occurred at 39 Kyprou Street. Suspect caught A 37-year-old Albanian suspected of forcing women into prostitution in Italy has been taken into custody in Greece after an international warrant for his arrest was issued, police revealed on Saturday. The suspect, who was not named, was taken to Korydallos Prison to await extradition. Cafe sex Police in northern Greece revealed on Saturday that they arrested a 65-year-old man who ran a cafe on the Katerini-Thessaloniki national road on suspicion of procuring a 47-year-old waitress. The unnamed man was taken into custody after accepting 100 euros in marked banknotes from an undercover policeman in return for allowing him to have sex with the waitress in a hidden room at the cafe. The 47-year-old was also arrested.