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Police arrest wanted guerilla after shootout in central Athens that wounded 2 tourists

Published on Jul 16, 2014 9:46 PM
Greek police officers stand next to handcuffed and seriously injured leading member of defunct militant outfit Revolutionary Struggle, Nikos Maziotis, after a shooting in central Athens, in the Monastiraki area, on July 16, 2014. The far-left extremist was was one of the country's most wanted fugitives. -- PHOTO: AFP

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek police shot and wounded a prominent member of a guerilla group after a chase and gunfight in central Athens on Wednesday in which a policeman and two tourists were also wounded.

Nikos Maziotis was charged in 2010 over a series of attacks claimed by the Revolutionary Struggle group, including a rocket-propelled grenade assault on the US Embassy in Athens in 2007 and a 2009 car bomb that damaged the Athens stock exchange.

Maziotis, 42, was detained in Athens's busy shopping district in broad daylight, having been on the run since 2012. "After an exchange of fire with police, he was injured and captured," the police said, without providing further details.

Maziotis was injured in the shoulder, the Athens news agency said. The two tourists and the policeman were lightly injured.

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