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Terrorist evidence being gathered

Police believe they have collected enough fingerprints and DNA evidence from the five hideouts used by Revolutionary Struggle to build a case against the six suspects already arrested. Sources said yesterday that officers have enough evidence to prove that the suspects had all visited the apartments and houses, some of which contained arms and explosives. Prime Minister George Papandreou said that the arrest of six suspected members of Revolutionary Struggle was evidence that the public sector could work effectively and that the government was beginning to put the country «in order.» Papandreou made the comments after meeting with Citizens’ Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis and Police Chief Lefteris Economou. «The police force had lost its way until a few months ago but now we are sorting things out and sending a message to everyone here and abroad,» said the prime minister, who added that proving the country was safe was also important for Greece’s economic growth. Meanwhile, police are investigating how an MP5 submachine gun that was stolen during a bank robbery in Thessaloniki in August 2004 ended up in the hands of Revolutionary Struggle. The gun, later used in an armed raid on a police station in Athens, was one of several weapons found in an apartment in Kypseli, in downtown Athens, on Monday night. Officers are looking into the possibility that a group of self-styled anarchists in the northern port city stole the gun and then passed it onto the terrorist group. Police want to find out if there is any link between the August 2004 incident and another bank raid in the city in July 2006 when another gun was stolen. That firearm ended being used by the gang that kidnapped industrialist Giorgos Mylonas.