Two hurt in Athens raid

An Albanian cafe owner and a Greek private security firm guard were injured yesterday when two robbers fleeing the scene of a raid on Sophocleous Street, central Athens, opened fire on them with a Kalashnikov assault rifle and a pistol. The robbers burst into an import-export firm on the 5th floor of a building on the busy street in the early afternoon and threatened the Syrian owner of the company into handing over 60,000 euros. The robbers tied up the Syrian, and his cousin, before fleeing. Hearing the victims’ cries, the Albanian owner of the ground-floor cafe rushed upstairs and was shot in the stomach by one of the gunman. As the gunmen left the building, they came across the security guard whom they mistook for a policeman and fired at him, injuring him in a leg and arm. The Albanian was in critical condition while the Greek’s injuries were less serious. Police detained a woman believed to have been the robbers’ lookout and were examining a 9-millimeter-pistol shell casing found at the scene.

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