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Pakistani dead after spat in Kypseli leads to knifing A group of Afghan nationals were being questioned by police yesterday after an altercation between them and a Pakistani national on a street corner in the central Athens district of Kypseli led to the latter being fatally stabbed. The reason for the dispute remained unclear. Police yesterday were also seeking two gunmen who burst into a takeaway restaurant in Acharnes, in northwestern Athens, early in the morning and shot an employee in the back before fleeing with an undetermined sum. A few hours later, two assailants knifed a 31-year-old Bangladeshi man in Patissia, near central Athens, and fled with some cash he had in his possession. Terrorist silence Two more refuse to talk Panayiota Roupa, the girlfriend of Nikos Maziotis, the self-confessed ringleader of Revolutionary Struggle, and Costas Gournas, who is believed to have managed the terrorist group’s money, yesterday refused to visit two investigating magistrates probing the organization’s activities. Roupa, Gournas and Maziotis, who are in jail pending trial, have all admitted to playing an active role in Revolutionary Struggle. Another three suspected members of the ring have denied any involvement. The magistrates are expected to visit the first three suspects in jail in the coming days. Suspect bailed An appeals court prosecutor yesterday proposed the release on conditional bail of Theodoros Priniotakis, one of three executives of a stockbrokerage that was at the center of a scandal involving a 280-million-euro government bond sold to pension funds at an allegedly inflated price in 2007 when the conservatives were power. Responding to an appeal by Priniotakis, the prosecutor proposed that he be freed after posting 200,000 euros in bail and on the condition that he remain in the country and report to his local police station regularly. The suspect’s father, Sofoklis Priniotakis, and Giorgos Apostolidis are still in custody. Myconos killing Police on Myconos yesterday were investigating the circumstances surrounding the killing of a 67-year-old man, the brother of a well-known businessman who owns properties on the island and in Athens. The 67-year-old, who was found in his home on the island by his cleaner, had suffered head injuries. It remained unclear whether the man’s home had been burgled. Murder solved Two illegal immigrants from Albania have confessed to killing an 88-year-old man found dead on Tuesday at his home in the village of Vassiliada, in Messinia in the Peloponnese, police said yesterday. The brothers, aged 31 and 20, admitted to breaking into the man’s home to rob him, police said. After tying him up and taping his mouth shut, the pair made off with 300 euros. The man died of asphyxiation. The brothers, who had worked for the victim as farmhands in the past, confessed after being questioned on Wednesday.