A 62-year-old man, a retired Air Force officer, locked himself in his car with his twin toddlers, a boy and a girl aged 2.5 years old, and opened a gas canister in an attempt to put an end to the lives of all three.
They were rescued after the man’s former wife and mother of the twins called the police that immediately intervened.
of gas was being held under guard at the 424 Military Hospital in Thessaloniki on Monday.
The incident took place in Melissochori village of Thessaloniki, northern Greece, on Sunday evening.
Arriving at the scene, police officers broke the windscreen and rescued the children and their father, arriving in the nick of time as there was a strong smell of gas and they were all in a semi-unconscious state.
The two children were taken to Ippokratio General Hospital in an ambulance, where they are being treated and are considered to be out of danger.
One of the police officers who responded to the incident was also overcome by the strong smell of gas and needed to be given first aid.
The 62-year-old father was taken to military hospital and he is expected to make a full recovery. He is hospitalized guarded.
Police searched the car and found a second gas canister in the boot, which unlike the first was still sealed.
The 62-year-old retired officer, who is suspected of seeking to harm both himself and the children, will be charged and a preliminary investigation is being conducted by the Thessaloniki Police Crimes Against Life department.