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Bomb explodes under police officer’s car

A bomb went off on Monday under a police officer’s car in Nicosia, Police Chief Michalis Papageorgiou confirmed.

The car, as well as two more vehicles belonging to the officer’s family, were damaged but no injuries were reported.

Papageorgiou said the force was on alert “from the first moment” following the incident.

“We are trying to establish what’s going on, what the possible motive is and whether that motive can be attributed to the officer’s police duties – in which case we should all be shaken – or whether it was connected to the officer’s personal life,” Papageorgiou said.

He said certain suspicions as to the culprits had been expressed by the officer in question.

“Our primary objective is to confirm the reason for this incident and, certainly, what lies behind it all.”

Papageorgiou said if the motive was attributed to the officer’s duties, more measures would be taken in the appropriate direction.

“However if it is attributed to his private life then other measures will be taken,” he added.

 

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