[warning: keep at arm's length, and remember: THE STATE IS THE ONLY TERRORIST!]
aolnews - ATHENS, Greece (Dec. 5) -- An Athens prosecutor on Sunday charged five men and a woman with terrorism-related charges following a flurry of police raids believed to have thwarted an attack ahead of the second anniversary of violent riots sparked by the police shooting of a teenage boy two years ago.
The suspects, aged between 21 and 31, were under surveillance for more than a month but police resorted to dragnet arrests Saturday after two suspects were caught leaving an Athens hideout with backpacks of explosives, hand grenades and guns."The assumption was that they were preparing an attack," said a police official requesting anonymity. The official refused to elaborate but the private Mega television network reported that the terror suspects were eyeing a police or judicial target.
At least 14 house raids waged across the country have so far produced a grab-bag of weapons and gear, ranging from safe action pistols and submachine guns to flak jackets, memory sticks and wigs. While much of the police operation – still ongoing – has focused on the greater Athens area, counter-terrorism officials have also fanned out across the country raiding an apartment in Agrinio, central Greece, and arresting a nutritionist on the island of Crete.
All six terror suspects, including the 26-year-old female accomplice, have denied the charges levied against them; they say their rights had been violated and that authorities had refused to disclose details of the case against them. They face an investigating magistrate on Monday.