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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-09-25

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  • [01] Bank robbers shoot and injure minor and father in escape attempt
  • [02] Three prosecuted in Kypriotakis case
  • [03] Safehouse findings announced
  • [04] FM Bakoyannis on CTBT
  • [05] KKE rally in Nikea
  • [06] Motor Oil buys Shell's storage
  • [07] ASE opening: Small decline
  • [08] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Bank robbers shoot and injure minor and father in escape attempt

    Two gunmen shot and injured a man and his primary school daughter in the Kallithea district of Athens on Friday morning while fleeing after robbing a bank.

    The gunmen held up a Eurobank branch shortly after 8:00 a.m., taking an as yet undetermined sum of money, but were chased while trying to escape.

    The bank robbers opened fire, firing four shots in the air for intimidation, and then attempted, at gunpoint, to hijack the man's car, who was taking his young daughter to a nearby primary school.

    The father, fearing for his daughter‚s safety, resisted, and the robbers opened fire on them, injuring the man in the hand and the schoolgirl in the abdominal region. The father and daughter were rushed to hospital, where the father was released after first aid treatment. The young girl was transferred to the Athens' Children's Hospital, where she is hospitalised in a non-life threatening condition.

    The bank robbers then immoblised another car at gunpoint and fled. The car was later found abandoned in the nearby district of Neos Kosmos.

    Police have launched a manhunt to track down and arrest the armed robbers.

    [02] Three prosecuted in Kypriotakis case

    ANA-MPA/A prosecutor in the city of Iraklio, on the island of Crete, launched prosecution against three persons on Thursday in relation to the abduction and slaying of 50-year-old businessman Yiannis Kypriotakis.

    The three were charged with creating and participating in a criminal gang, kidnapping for ransom, intentional homicide, abusing a dead person and causing damage.

    They will be making their pleas on Monday after requesting and receiving time to prepare them.

    [03] Safehouse findings announced

    ANA-MPA/The criminal service laboratories announced on Thursday their findings concerning the safehouse discovered in the northern Athens suburb of Halandri on Wednesday.

    According to a police announcement, the bombs planted at the home of former deputy Public Order minister Panayiotis Hinofotis, on July 12, at the Ministry of Macedonia and Thrace, on September 2 and at the home of Louka Katseli on Wednesday have exactly the same making and materials.

    A police spokesman said at noon on Thursday that the bomb at Katseli's home was identical with the one found in the safehouse in Halandri. It is reminded that the responsibility for the bomb attack on Hinofotis's home had been assumed by the organisation calling itself "Conspiracy of nuclei of Fire-Nihilists Sect." This fact confirms the initial assessment made by officers of the anti-terrorist squad that the safehouse belonged to this group.

    Four people had been arrested by the police on Wednesday night after the safehouse had been discovered.

    [04] FM Bakoyannis on CTBT

    ANA-MPA/Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis stated on Thursday that "the Greek government attributes special importance to the Ministerial Conference taking place Thursday and Friday in New York on promoting the activation of the Treaty on the Complete Ban on Nuclear Tests (CTBT), which is important for the international security architecture."

    Bakoyannis added that "support for CTBT by the new American Government creates new opportunities for the Treaty's ratification and implementation."

    The foreign minister concluded her statement by saying that "Greece encourages the countries of Section 2, that have not signed or ratified the treaty, to utilise the positive conjuncture and acivate themselves in this direction."

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis

    [05] KKE rally in Nikea

    ANA-MPA/Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Secretary General Aleka Papariga, addressing a rally in the western Attica district of Nikea on Thursday evening, stressed that "if KKE is not strengthened on October 4 a new obstacle will have been created for the popular movement," adding that a vote for KKE is a "one-way path."

    Papariga further said that "on October 4 it is not possible for workers and employees, poor farmers and the small shops to vote for the same parties together with the big industrialists and the shipowners."

    The KKE leader, referring to the issue of a majority government after the next elections, said that "on Monday we must have a weak antipopular government and a strong KKE."

    [06] Motor Oil buys Shell's storage

    Motor Oil -a Greek-listed refinery- on Thursday announced the acquisition of Shell's petrol station network in Greece, along with a series of the oil giant's assets in the country, for 291.1 million euros.

    Under the agreement, Motor Oil will buy from Shell Overseas Holding Ltd its around 700 petrol stations, fuel storage facilities (located in six Greek cities), its lubricants manufacturing facilities in Perama, storage and distribution of chemicals and 49 pct of aircraft fuel activities (Shell Oversease Holdings Ltd will maintain the remaining 51 pct stake). Under the deal, Motor Oil will maintain Shell's brand on its petrol stations for a period of at least five years.

    Motor Oil will pay an additional 26.5 million euros to buy Shell Gas (LPG) Holdings BV.

    Meanwhile, Petros Petropoulos AEBE announced it will buy Shell's lubricants activities for around 14 million euros.

    [07] ASE opening: Small decline

    Equity prices were declining at the opening of trade on Friday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index down 0.31 percent, standing at 2,601.28 points at 10:45 a.m., and turnover at 27.5 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly downward, with the biggest gains in Health, up 2.59 percent; Chemicals up 1.92 percent; and Public Utilities, up 1.04 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Insurance, down 2.48 percent; Construction, down 1.21 percent; and Telecoms, down 0.97 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was down 0.29 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was down 0.01 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was down 0.22 percent.

    Of the stocks moved, 25 were up, 71 were down, and 30 were unchanged.

    [08] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Friday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    ANA-MPA/ Arrests of suspected terrorists following the discovery of a safehouse in the northern Athens suburb of Halandri, and the political parties' preparations ahead of the October 4 general elections, dominated the headlines on Friday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Police dismantle terrorism beginning with 'Conspiracy of Fire Cells' group".

    APOGEVMATINI: "The four arrested suspected terrorists are 'poor little rich kids'."

    AVGHI: "SYRIZA rallies its supporters".

    AVRIANI: "(Prospect of) Self-sufficient government on the razor's edge".

    CHORA: "New York, New York - Who Papandreou met with during his lightning visit to the UN (where he chaired a presidium meeting of Socialist International)".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "Avin's (Motor Oil) acquisition of Shell's petrol station network and fuel storage facilities in Greece an oasis for the market, which is plagued by lay-offs and shut downs".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis exposed on his statements referring to the STAGE programme".

    ESTIA: "Why state revenues are collapsing -The increase in taxes was a major mistake".

    ETHNOS: ęTime-delayed arrests - Police spotted them in August but arrested them a few days before the general elections".

    KATHIMERINI: "According to Police the four arrestees are members of the 'Conspiracy of Fire Cells' terrorist group".

    LOGOS: "Police 'touch' the new terrorists' generation".

    NIKI: "George Papandreou brings back hope to the people".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Make things difficult for ruling New Democracy and main opposition PASOK in the general elections by voting for the KKE".

    TA NEA: "Government leaves behind a huge deficit".

    TO VIMA: "ND Government leaves behind it empty state coffers - The economy's bomb exploded in the government's hands".

    VRADYNI: " 'Green guards' (PASOK 'bullies') return! - PASOK cadres blackmailing and bullying upsets society".

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