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AHEPA Hospital: Robbery with a “scent” of terrorism

A robbery attempt at the AHEPA hospital in Thessaloniki on Wednesday morning ended up in the arrest of two men with possible connection to the Greek terror organization “Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire.”

The two men, aged 35 and 41, entered the hospital on Wednesday morning with the intention to rob the money from the ATM. The one was wearing a doctor’s gear and the other was pretending to be a patient, aiming to trick the security guards of the money transport company.

However, both men were being under the surveillance of the counter-terror department of the Greek police that reportedly had the information that the two were planning a robbery. Furthermore, police knew that the two former convicts were in contact with each other.

The two suspects took the money under the threat of weapon and fled the hospital.

They were arrested short time later near the hospital, when they were getting into a car.

Also a 39-year-old woman was arrested. She is reportedly known in the anti-authoritarian movement of Thessaloniki.

According to local media thestival.gr, the robbers probably knew about the transfer of a large sum of money to the hospital’s ATM as the the staff’s salaries were paid today.

Although police has not published their names yet, Greek media report that one of the men, a well-known anarchist, was a convict for armed robberies in Athens and the other for involvement to the organization “Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire.”

Both have served prison sentences and were released a couple of years ago.

Police operation continues with search in homes in Thessaloniki and Athens.

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