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EOKA-era cache found during apartment renovation

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Ammunition and explosives believed to be connected with the 1955-1959 EOKA struggle against colonial rule, were discovered during an apartment renovation in Mesa Yitonia in Limassol, on Wednesday.

According to reports, the items were discovered by a 35-year-old woman, the daughter of the owner who was an EOKA fighter and who passed away in 2007. During renovation works at the apartment, the woman discovered that the drawer of an old bookcase had a secret compartment where the items were hidden, and notified the police.

Head of the Limassol CID Ioannis Soteriades, told the Cyprus News Agency that officers found three grenades, four packages of TNT, five detonators, 11 sticks of dynamite, four metres of detonating cord, and 13 unused Martini-Henry rifle bullets.

“All items found are oxydised and in unusable condition, and have been removed by specialists for further evaluation,” Soteriades said.

He said that police are looking into the possibility the items to being connected to EOKA struggle.

Two years ago, three Martini-Henry rifles were also located in the same apartment, it was reported.

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