Forensics probe terror connection
Police forensic experts yesterday were comparing the fingerprints and DNA of a 35-year-old man killed in a shootout with police in southeastern Athens on Wednesday with forensic evidence gathered from the sites of various terrorist attacks and bank robberies. Police were examining the contents of a cell phone and laptop found at the home of Lambros Fountas in the district of Ambelokipi, near central Athens. Officers also raided the homes of Fountas’s relatives and those of individuals believed to have had links with the 35-year-old. Among the individuals summoned by police to testify is a woman alleged to have been romantically involved with Fountas over the past three years. According to sources, the woman claims to have had no inkling of the 35-year-old being involved in terrorist activities. Police yesterday also interviewed the director of a private diagnostic clinic in Ambelokipi where Fountas worked. According to the director, Fountas had asked to take Thursday off, saying that he had to take his mother to her hometown. This revelation is believed to have confirmed police suspicions that the 35-year-old had been involved in plans to carry out a terrorist attack on that day. Fountas and another two suspects were seen trying to steal a car from the southeastern district of Dafni early on Wednesday. Fountas was killed in a shootout with police who surprised the suspects. Based on the results of forensic tests carried out on evidence found at the scene, police believe that one of the other two suspects had participated in a recent attack carried out by Revolutionary Struggle.