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ISAP disruption

Ano Patissia – Eirini section not working today, tomorrow Services on the Piraeus-Kifissia electric railway (ISAP) will be suspended between the stations of Ano Patissia and Eirini today and tomorrow to allow engineering work to get under way. Passengers can use the X15 bus on this section. Commuters are reminded that the section of the ISAP route between Attiki and Monastiraki is out of service. Crete quake Tremor of 5.4 shakes island A strong undersea quake, measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale, occured off the southeastern coast of Crete yesterday afternoon, seismologists said. There were no reports of any injuries or damage caused by the quake, which occurred at 6.20 p.m. Forced begging A 40-year-old man was detained by police in Thessaloniki yesterday on charges of forcing his 29-year-old partner and their children to beg for money in Bulgaria and in Greece before pocketing the proceeds. The 40-year-old, who was arrested in the center of the northern city following a tip-off, was to face a local prosecutor on charges of people trafficking. Police said the suspect was a foreign national but did not determine his country of origin. Bayonet attack An elderly man was arrested early yesterday in the northern city of Kozani after allegedly injuring an 18-year-old youth with a 28-centimeter bayonet before attacking a 21-year-old with the same weapon. The alleged assailant, aged 73, faces charges of causing grievous bodily harm and illegal weapons possession. There were no details about the circumstances of the attack. Lookout questioned A 32-year-old Kazakh woman was being questioned by an Athens prosecutor yesterday after allegedly acting as a lookout for two robbers who opened fire on an Albanian cafe owner and a Greek private security firm guard on Friday after robbing an import-export firm in central Athens. The Albanian suffered serious injuries while the Greek emerged with minor wounds. Police reportedly had no leads on the robbers by late last night. Excavator death A man was crushed to death late on Friday during an accident involving the excavator which he had been operating on a sheepfold in the village of Avles, near Kozani, in northern Greece. The local fire service retrieved the body of the man, aged 30, from under the arm of the excavating machine. It remained unclear yesterday how the accident had occured. Rhodes blaze A blaze that broke out on forestland in southwestern Rhodes on Friday is believed to have been the work of arsonists, the local fire service said on Saturday. The fire, which razed an estimated 150 hectares of forest close to the villages of Monolitho and Siana, was extinguished on Saturday afternoon before it could threaten residential areas..