Greek Police Arrest Six as Raid Uncovers Stash of Firearms

Greek police arrested six people today after anti-terrorism raids uncovered a stash of firearms, police uniforms and other equipment.

The five men and one woman were arrested in raids on two houses, in Athens and Nea Ionia, Volos, in the early hours of the morning, police said in an e-mailed statement. Police found three assault rifles, seven pistols, one revolver, ammunition, police uniforms, wigs and wireless communication devices. They also found notes relating to a planned bank robbery in the Volos area, the statement said.

Three of those arrested are wanted for participation in the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire urban guerrilla group, the statement said. The group has claimed responsibility for a series of letter bombs sent to foreign dignitaries and embassies in November, and also took credit for a Dec. 30 bomb that damaged a courthouse in the Panormou district of Athens.

The three have been charged with being part of a terrorist organization; procurement and possession of explosives; and setting off explosions with the possibility of causing injury, the statement said.

A second woman was also detained after the raid on the house in Athens, the statement said.

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