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Wednesday, Dec 24, 2008

Shots were fired at an anti-riot van in Athens on Tuesday and youths damaged a police car as some 2,000 students marched in protests that have rocked the capital since police killed a teenager.

At the start of the midday march, roughly a dozen youths toppled a police vehicle, with the officers inside escaping unscathed.

Earlier in the day, shots were fired at a riot police van in the Goudi district of Athens, missing the 23 officers on board but hitting the engine. One of the van’s tyres also burst.

A group calling itself “Popular Action” claimed responsibility for the strike on Tuesday evening in an anonymous phone call to zougla.gr, the news website said.


Police said they found seven shells and two bullet remains from a 7.62 calibre rifle apparently fired from inside a park that forms part of the Athens university campus.

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Greek media said a Kalashnikov rifle was used in the attack.

“All possibilities are under investigation,” police spokesman Panagiotis Stathis told state television NET.

Youths have targeted police stations and torched police vehicles in three weeks of sporadic unrest over the killing of 15-year-old Alexis Grigoropoulos by a police bullet.

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