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EXPLOSION DEATH

4th victim of Nevrokopi boiler blast A 34-year-old mother severely burned in an explosion in a northern village earlier this month died of her injuries on Saturday. Sofia Kembatzoglou-Karagiaouridou had been hospitalized on October 17 after an explosion during the refueling of a heating fuel tank at Kato Nevrokopi, near Drama. Two people were killed instantly. Zoi Besmeli, 31, died of her injuries last week. Cephalonia turns grey Clouds of grey dust settling on the Ionian island of Cephalonia have been discharged from Mount Etna on neighboring Sicily and could be toxic, meteorologists and doctors warned yesterday. Black rain may fall on parts of western Greece as more volcanic ash blows over, meteorologists said. Smuggler killed A Greek border guard fatally shot an Albanian drug smuggler yesterday when the latter threatened him with a sub-machine gun after walking into a police ambush near the northern town of Kastoria with three other smugglers. Albanian national K.A., 32, died instantly after being shot in the head by the guard, identified only as I.P., who police say fired in self-defense when the migrant tried to fire with a weapon that jammed. Police arrested the three other Albanians, who were carrying 60 kilos of marijuana. Illegal immigrants Lesvos coastguards yesterday arrested 23 African immigrants, mostly women, on the nearby islet of Barbalia, the Merchant Marine Ministry said. The migrants said they had been left on the uninhabited islet by three Turkish smugglers who had picked them up near the port of Aivalik. Peynaud accounts Four bank accounts in the name of Marie Therese Peynaud, the French companion of alleged N17 mastermind Alexandros Yotopoulos, have been unfrozen, according to an appeals council decision made public yesterday. The money in Peynaud’s accounts was not the proceeds of illegal activities allegedly carried out by Yotopoulos, the council ruled. Condolences Education Minister Petros Efthimiou on Saturday sent his condolences to his Italian counterpart Leticia Morati following the death of 26 Italian children last Thursday when an earthquake caused a school to collapse. Marathon Kenyan runner Mark Saina won the Athens Classic Marathon race yesterday in 2 hours, 18 minutes and 20 seconds. The race, combined with a 10-km run down Messogeion Avenue, caused huge traffic jams.