“Some lowlife arsonists are setting fires threatening forests, property and, most of all, human lives,” Civil Protection Minister Vassilis Kikilias said in a televised address on Thursday. He added that “suspects have been detained, without providing further details
He stressed that there have been nine attempts by arsonists to start new fires at the foothills of Mount Parnitha, the largest forest bordering Athens, on Thursday morning, noting that fires started in several places at the same time.
Authorities identified a silver pickup truck as possibly involved in the incidents. He added that suspects are being brought in.
Kikilias sent a stern message stressing that what is happening “is not only unacceptable but also obscene and criminal.”
“Some lowlife arsonists set fires endangering forests, properties and above all human lives. At the foot of Mount Parnitha in the Avlona area, 9 arson attempts were made from 8 o’ clock on Thursday morning. The first attempt at 8.13 in the area of Avlonas, 3 attempts at 8.57 in the area of Sykamino, Avlona, at 9.47 another 3 attempts in the same area, one attempt at 10.51 north of Avlona, 12.02 another attempt north of Avlona in at the foot of Mount Parnitha. What is happening is not just impermissible, but obscene and criminal,” Kikilias stressed.
“You are committing a crime against the country, you will not get away with it, we will find you, you will be held accountable,” Kikilias said, adding that the police and the intelligence agency EYP are investigating the incidents.