Three injured in drugs chase

Three men, two of them police officers, were injured in a high-speed car chase and shootout on the Athens-Lamia National Highway early yesterday morning at Tragana in Fthiotida, central Greece. The injured officers were part of a narcotics unit that had set up an ambush on the highway, lying in wait for a car that they knew from a source to contain large quantities of drugs. Spotting the patrol car, the driver of the suspected vehicle did not slow down when he was asked to pull over, prompting a high-speed chase, during which the passenger fired at police with a Kalashnikov assault rifle, injuring one officer in the leg. The narcotics unit fired back, but another officer was hurt when the suspects rammed into the squad car. The driver of the car sustained serious injuries from police fire and is being treated at a hospital, while his accomplice, who was unharmed, has been arrested. Both men are Albanian. A search of the car uncovered 110 kilos of unprocessed marijuana.

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