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Georgian father, son detained over stabbing of compatriot Police in Thessaloniki yesterday were questioning three Georgian nationals, including a 61-year-old man and his 23-year-old son, in connection with the fatal knifing of a 28-year-old compatriot on Monday evening near an intercity bus depot in the northern city. Police traced the three men shortly after the attack and, upon questioning, the 23-year-old allegedly admitted to stabbing the victim before leading officers to the spot where the knife was hidden. According to police, the attack had been prompted by a personal dispute. It is thought that the 61-year-old held the victim by the arms while his son stabbed him in the chest. Errant ambulance Cyclist, passenger die in crash A cyclist and his passenger have died following a collision late on Monday night with an ambulance on a country road outside Tyrintha, in Argolida in the Peloponnese, police said yesterday. The cyclist died instantly while his passenger was taken to hospital with serious injuries which led to his death a few hours later. The exact circumstances of the accident remained unclear yesterday. Vengeful son A 14-year-old boy shot dead his 39-year-old stepfather while the latter was sleeping in their home in Siteia, eastern Crete, police said. According to police, the teenager had been upset after his stepfather scolded him the night before. It was unclear whether the boy would face reduced charges due to his age. Message to Russia President Karolos Papoulias yesterday sent a message of condolence to his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev after two suicide bombers blew themselves up on the Moscow metro system on Monday, killing dozens. «The Greek people wholeheartedly condemn these criminal bomb attacks,» Papoulias said. ‘Rioters’ indicted A Thessaloniki misdemeanors council yesterday indicted eight people, including three minors, alleged to have participated in riots that broke out in the northern port city last December during a rally marking the one-year anniversary of the police killing of a teenager in Exarchia, central Athens. Five of the suspects are aged 18 to 27, while the minors, who will face a juvenile court, include two girls. The suspects are alleged to have been part of a group of around 20 people who pelted police with Molotov cocktail bombs and stones in the city center. They face charges of possession and manufacture of explosives and attempted bodily harm. Car plates Athens municipal police are to start returning confiscated vehicle registration plates to drivers from today in order to facilitate travel during the Easter holiday period, City Hall said in a statement yesterday. The decision excludes drivers who have received parking fines for leaving their vehicles in front of wheelchair ramps and municipal garbage dumpsters. Registration plates can be collected from the Athens Municipal Police offices on Aghiou Constantinou Street.