Man shot dead in Exarchia

Police in Athens yesterday were seeking the perpetrators behind the fatal shooting of a man, believed to be a Polish national in his mid-30s, in the central district of Exarchia. The victim, who was shot by unidentified assailants at the junction of Ippocratous and Eresou streets, died in the ambulance while being transported to the hospital. Initially, police had gone to the district of Acharnon after a woman calling the police’s rapid-response unit reported a shooting at Aghios Nikolaos. The woman had been calling from Aghios Nikolaos Church on Asclepeio Street in Exarchia, it emerged later. Arriving at the actual scene of the shooting, police found drops of blood leading from the scene of the attack to church from where the woman is believed to have reported the shooting. Officers were not able to find any witness however. Police did not find any form of identification on the victim but said they believe he was Polish. Officers gave no indication of leads regarding the perpetrators or any possible motive.

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