Police in Greece say two males have been arrested accused of planning an extremist assault on a Jewish restaurant in Athens and probably different targets that may produce mass civilian casualties
ByDEREK GATOPOULOS and COSTAS KANTOURIS Related Press
ATHENS, Greece — Two males accused of planning an extremist assault on a Jewish restaurant in central Athens and probably different targets that may produce mass civilian casualties have been arrested on terrorism costs in Greece, police mentioned Tuesday.
The suspects had been charged with membership in a terrorist group and had been being held at police headquarters within the Greek capital, authorities mentioned. A 3rd man, who is just not in Greece, was wished for questioning and charged in absentia.
Authorities and police officers advised the Related Press that each detained suspects had been of Pakistani origin. The officers requested to not be recognized pending official bulletins.
Israeli International Minister Eli Cohen thanked Greek authorities after the arrests had been introduced.
“Terrorism is a typical enemy, and the battle towards it’s our high precedence,” Cohen wrote in a tweet. “I wish to thank the Greek authorities and the Greek intelligence and safety providers for thwarting the terrorist assault towards Jewish and Israeli targets.”
The 2 suspects each entered Greece illegally from neighboring Turkey and had been within the nation for at the least 4 months. As a part of their investigation, police searched a number of websites in Athens in addition to in southern Greece and on the western island of Zakynthos.
The arrests had been made as a result of the assault on the Jewish restaurant was believed to be imminent, the police and authorities officers mentioned. The 2 males in custody are believed to be a part of an abroad community and are scheduled to be questioned by a public prosecutor Friday, the officers mentioned.
“Their goal was not solely to trigger the lack of lifetime of harmless residents, but additionally to undermine the sense of safety within the nation, whereas hurting public establishments and threatening (Greece’s) worldwide relations,” a police assertion mentioned.
Greece’s anti-terrorism police division and Nationwide Intelligence Service had been concerned within the arrests, and obtained help from a overseas intelligence service that was not recognized, in keeping with the assertion.
“The operation demonstrates that the nation’s safety authorities preserve a excessive state of readiness for all Greeks and all guests to our nation,” Public Order Minister Takis Theodorikakos mentioned in a tweet.
___ Kantouris reported from Thessaloniki, Greece.