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Transport disruption

Union to hold 3-hour walkout, seamen continue action Public transport services will be disrupted tomorrow as the country’s main labor union stages a three-hour work stoppage from noon. Trolley bus services will be suspended between noon and 3 p.m. while services on the metro, tram and Piraeus-Kifissia urban electric railway (ISAP) will stop between noon and 4 p.m. Buses will not run before 7 a.m. or after 10 p.m. Disruption is also expected on the Proastiakos suburban railway and the national railway network. Ferry services will also be affected as the Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation continues with its protest action. Attack thwarted Two men caught with firebombs Two men, aged 25 and 26, faced an Athens prosecutor yesterday after being caught on Tuesday night in the western district of Peristeri carrying materials used to construct firebombs. Police said the pair probably had been planning to firebomb a synagogue in central Athens but are not believed to be members of a far-right organization. Officers stopped the men as they were sitting on a motorcycle without license plates and found them to be carrying several empty bottles and flammable material. A search of their homes turned up a jerry can containing 20 liters of petrol. Drug haul A 24-year-old Bulgarian woman stopped at Athens International Airport on Tuesday had been carrying nearly half a kilogram of cocaine in her stomach, police said yesterday. The woman, who arrived in Athens on a flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil, with a stopover in Zurich, allegedly admitted to police that she had swallowed 440 grams of cocaine in 40 packages. She was taken to the hospital where the drugs were removed from her stomach. Fiery dispute A 59-year-old man was being treated for burns in a hospital in Kilkis, northern Greece, yesterday after being set on fire by a man with whom he was allegedly involved in a financial dispute. Police said they have arrested a 39-year-old man on suspicion of throwing a flammable liquid over the 59-year-old and setting him ablaze. The assailant, a Romanian, is alleged to have carried out the attack in the yard of the 59-year-old’s house. Piraeus blast A small explosive device went off late on Tuesday outside the offices of the Federation of Attica and Piraeus Industries and the Greek-Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Piraeus, causing minor damage. Police said the device, which contained four cooking gas canisters, was placed outside the entrance to the fourth-floor offices. The entrance was damaged but nobody was injured. Industrial spy A 40-year-old employee of a company that imports clothes has been arrested on suspicion of industrial espionage. Police said the suspect had for the last three years used his position within the company to hack into its computers and obtain classified financial information while also tampering with their operating systems so that the firm’s computer network frequently collapsed. Columbia raid Police yesterday raided the former Columbia record factory near central Athens to evict illegal immigrants. Authorities said 51 people were detained but 16 were later released as they had residence papers.