Greece vows swift punishment over shooting of 29 Bangladeshis

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greek officials are promising "swift and exemplary" punishment for three strawberry plantation foremen accused of shooting and wounding 29 Bangladeshi workers who were protesting over pay arrears.

Government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou on Thursday condemned the "inhuman, unprecedented and shameful" attack by three Greek men in the southern Peloponnese region.

The suspects disappeared after Wednesday's attack, which took place during a protest by some 200 Bangladeshi farm workers who say they have not been paid for six months.

Police said seven Bangladeshi workers are still receiving treatment in local hospitals.

Authorities have arrested the owner of the farm near the village of Manolada, about 260km southwest of Athens. On Thursday, they arrested a local man on suspicion of hiding the three fugitive gunmen.