Greece: Wanted terrorist arrested after tourist area shooting

July 17, 2014 | By | Reply More

July 17, – Wanted terrorist Nikos Maziotis was arrested after a shootout with Greek Police in Monastiraki, one of the busiest tourist areas in central Athens, at around 1:30 pm today.

hromedia Greece Wanted terrorist arrested after tourist area shooting eu news2Latest information is that Maziotis was walking on Ermou street in downtown Athens, when he noticed a police patrol approaching. He went into a camping equipment store but one of the employees noticed he was carrying a gun in the back of his belt. When he saw the employee looking at him suspiciously, he decided to exit the store.

Police noticed him and tried to approach when he started shooting at them.  One police officer was injured.  Maziotis then got into a taxi but after a few meters he got stuck in traffic.  He got off the taxi and started walking when police asked him to stop for a check. He shot at the police again but they also fired back, injuring his upper arm.

He underwent surgery at Evangelismos Hospital.  He is being held in custody, under increased security measures,  at the hospital until he recovers.

Two tourists, a German and an Australian, were also slightly injured and were transferred to a hospital for first aid.  The German tourist was released, while the Australian is treated at Red Cross Hospital.  The police officer who was shot, was transferred to the military hospital.

Maziotis had been allowed to leave jail after his pre-trial 18 month incarceration period had expired in 2011, along with life partner Paula Roupa. The couple was awaiting trial for their participation in the terrorist group Revolutionary Struggle. Since his latest arrest, police believe him to be behind at least one IED explosion in downtown Athens and a string of armed robberies.

Press journalist for HRO media – Norberto Lluch reports.

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