Two men who held up a civil engineering office in Hania, Crete, yesterday made off with some 25,000 euros, according to police. The two robbers, who had covered their faces, entered the building shortly before 2 p.m. brandishing a sawn-off shotgun. They asked all four employees and the civil engineer who owned the office to lie facedown on the floor as they took the money. There was a large amount of cash in the office as it was pay day for employees and suppliers. The two suspects made off on a scooter.
A homemade explosive device was removed from a boat belonging to one of the country’s big shipping firms yesterday after a guard at a marina in the coastal suburb of Glyfada contacted police. The device, which comprised gas canisters, petrol and a timer, had been put in an auxiliary vessel that was moored next to a larger yacht, according to police. The device failed to go off, as it was incorrectly wired, forensic experts said, adding that the attempted attack was unlikely the work of any established terrorist group.