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Greeks Uncover Terror Group's Weapons Cache

July 07, 2002|From Times Wire Services

ATHENS — Greek police, assisted by U.S. and British agents, raided an apartment Saturday and found dozens of antitank rockets that they believe were stolen from the army in the late 1980s by the elusive November 17 terrorist group.

Police now believe that they have seized most, if not all, of the group's known arsenal. The organization has been linked to the slayings of 23 people.

Police spokesman Lefteris Ekonomou said the raid in the Athens suburb of Pangrati uncovered large numbers of stolen antitank rockets, hand grenades and timing devices, plus clothing and material, such as wigs, for disguises.

It was the second such raid against the group since Wednesday, when weapons and documents were seized from what police said was the group's main hide-out in downtown Athens.

However, November 17's shadowy leaders, sought for nearly three decades, continue to elude arrest. Police estimate that the group has a few dozen members.

Suspected anarchist groups reacted to the raids with two firebomb attacks in Athens. One slightly damaged a building at a cemetery where Commonwealth soldiers who died during World War II are buried. The other slightly damaged an Athens bank. No injuries were reported from either attack.

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