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Metro hoax

Sunday morning claim of device at Attiki station a prank A call to police and a TV station at 1.20 a.m. yesterday warning that a bomb had been placed at Attiki metro station proved to be a hoax. The metro was operating at the time due to its extended hours over the weekend. Officers had to temporarily shut down the line and cordon off Liosion Street outside the station while they checked for the presence of an explosive device. No bomb was found. Albanian floods Greece sends team of rescuers A team of 30 Greek rescuers arrived in Albania on Saturday to help local authorities deal with dangerous flooding in the northwestern part of the country. In a conversation between Alternate Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas and Albanian Foreign Minister Ilir Meta, the Greek government pledged to supply Tirana with any help it needs to deal with the heavy flooding. Greece is preparing a shipment of food, medicines and drinking water. Derailment A train carrying scrap metal from Bulgaria derailed near Rodopoli in Serres, northern Greece, yesterday morning but nobody was injured. Authorities said that three of the 19 wagons derailed, resulting in passenger trains not being able to conduct journeys between Thessaloniki and Alexandroupoli until about 4 p.m. The cause of the derailment was not immediately clear. The Hellenic Railways Organization (OSE) has launched an investigation. H1N1 death Authorities said yesterday that a 1-year-old boy died after contracting the H1N1 virus. The child had been suffering from neurological problems and obesity, according to the National Center for Health Operations (EKEPY). Officials said three men who tested positive for swine flu are being treated in intensive care units. One is a 29-year-old obese man. The other two are aged 40 and 42 and do not have any other underlying health problems. Accesorized Thieves broke into a car accessories store in the Menemeni neighborhood of Thessaloniki on Saturday and stole some 50,000 euros of merchandise. Police said that the thieves knocked a whole in the wall to gain access to the shop. The 34-year-old storeowner discovered the break-in when he opened for business on Saturday. Breeder probe Police in Serres, northern Greece, were yesterday awaiting the results of an autopsy on a 42-year-old local man, to determine whether to launch a murder investigation. The livestock breeder was found dead near his farm with a gunshot wound in his chest. Relatives said he was carrying a hunting rifle with him as wolves had attacked his animals in the previous days. Officers said it appears he farmer’s gun had been fired but it was not yet clear if he had shot himself by mistake or someone else had fired at him. Pensioners robbed An elderly couple in Pella, northern Greece, was robbed in their home, police said on Saturday. Officers are looking for a 34-year-old man who, they believe, tricked the couple out of 300 euros but then used force to steal another 700 euros from the 87-year-old man and his 84-year-old wife. The woman suffered a spinal injury during the incident.