German woman arrested in Greek extremist probe

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Police in Greece on Friday said they arrested a 27-year-old German woman after apprehending another four suspects in a sweep aimed at a radical anarchist group that last year sent bombs to embassies.

"A German national has been arrested in Athens and will be arraigned with the remaining four suspects," a police statement said.

"A police search is in progress at her home," it added.

Police said the woman, whose father is Greek, had been living in Athens since arriving from Thessaloniki, Greece's second largest city, seven months ago, and is an acquaintance of four men arrested on Thursday.

The men, aged 21 to 23, were arrested after anti-terrorist police raids on two homes in Athens where they found a Kalashnikov assault rifle, a handgun and materials that could be used to make fake identity cards.

The four men had been wanted in connection to an arson attack against a public electricity company building in Thessaloniki in October.

Police said the raids were linked to ongoing investigations against the Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei group, several of whose alleged members are already behind bars and face trial on Monday.

Nine people accused of participation in the outfit's activities, which include scores of arson and bomb hits against government buildings and the offices and homes of politicians, will be tried on Monday at a special courtroom inside high security Korydallos prison near Athens.

Another four suspects still at large will be tried in absentia.

In November the anarchist outfit sent more than a dozen parcel bombs to foreign embassies in Athens and to European leaders, slightly injuring one person.

Last month, it issued a manifesto threatening justice officials ahead of the Monday trial.

© 2011 AFP

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