A residence in Limassol undergoing refurbishment for use as a business establishment came under fire on Sunday night when unidentified people fired an anti-tank rocket at it, which thankfully failed to detonate.
The incident took place shortly after 9pm in the Monovolikos area in Limassol. The perpetrators appear to have fired the rocket from an adjacent road, causing unrest to residents and passers-by, who informed police authorities.
Cyprus and SBA police – the neighbourhood falls into the area of the UK’s sovereign bases – rushed to the scene, where members of the bomb-squad discovered that the rocket did not explode, but only bore through drywall before shattering to pieces.
According to Limassol CID chief Ioannis Soteriades bomb technicians have confirmed no further risk of explosion so the house was guarded overnight for investigation to resume Monday morning.
“The scene is under investigation, some evidence has been collected and information gathered, but nothing further can be disclosed at present,” he said, voicing concern at the fact that perpetrators were in possession of military anti-tank weaponry.
Sources suggest that the attack was part of a turf war relating to casino establishments, with proprietors of illegal casinos trying to discourage competition by any means possible.
The origin of the weapon used has not been confirmed at present, but police discount the possibility of it being stolen property of the National Guard.
“This weapon was very old, and that’s why its rocket never went off,” sources said.
“Its origin is unknown – it may have come from the occupied areas or elsewhere, but it wasn’t stolen from the National Guard.”