ATHENS – Notorious terrorist Nikos Maziotis, captured after a dramatic gun battle in a tourist area last month, was buying a battery to put into a bomb he planned to set off, law enforcement officials said.
It wasn’t known where he was going to put it but police sources told Kathimerini that the leader of the Revolutionary Struggle urban guerrilla group was going to strike again.
Based on the evidence gathered so far, police believe that Maziotis had traveled to the Monastiraki area to buy the battery in a camping store when he was spotted, setting off the furious gun fight that had tourists scrambling for cover as he was chased and apprehended.
Police said they believe the bomb was similar to that which exploded outside the offices of the Bank of Greece on April 10. Revolutionary Struggle had used such batteries in all of its previous bomb attacks leaving their signature trademark, police said.
Two people were slightly injured in the Bank of Greece bombing, which caused widespread damage to the central bank’s offices and surrounding buildings. It is suspected the device contained around 70 kilos of explosives.
Police said they believe that 35-year-old Giorgos Petrakakos assisted Maziotis with the bombing. He is suspected of driving the motorcycle on which Maziotis allegedly escaped on April 10. Petrakakos is also thought to have helped the Revolutionary Struggle leader in two bank robberies.
Officers think they recovered Petrakakos’s fingerprint from a speedboat used by armed robbers to get away from the scene of a 300,000-euro bank heist northwest of Athens on Aug. 22.
Another fingerprint found in the vessel is believed to belong to another 35-year-old who is known to police. Witness descriptions also point to the involvement of a 44-year-old bank robber.
The group has used bank robberies to steal millions of euros to finance its violent activities.
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