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DNA clue in sombrero raid

Police believe they have cracked who was behind a bizarre armed attack on a bus containing riot police officers in Exarchia, central Athens, in 2009, when a man wearing Bermuda shorts and a sombrero opened fire on the vehicle. Sources said yesterday that DNA evidence taken from the 34-year-old, known only as A.S. for legal reasons, who was arrested with suspected «robber in black» Symon Seisidis on Monday following an armed robbery, matches that recovered from the scene of the July 2009 shooting. In last year’s incident, the suspect allegedly approached the bus and opened fire with a handgun. None of the bullets hit their intended target and the assailant ran off. However, in his effort to evade arrest, he dropped a surgical mask he had been wearing to cover his face. It appears that forensic experts have been able to match the DNA on the mask with that taken from the 34-year-old following his arrest.