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Man sought after shooting petrol station employee who refused to hand over cash

Police are looking for the whereabouts of two men on attempted murder charges who attempted to rob a petrol station in Limassol on Friday and shot and injured a 33-year-old employee after he refused to hand over the money.

The employee, who suffered a superficial scalp wound in the occipital, had his wound treated at Limassol general hospital and was discharged.

According to the head of the Limassol CID Ioannis Soteriades, the incident occurred on Friday night when the two suspects on a large motorcycle wearing helmets, dark clothes and gloves arrived at the petrol station on 28th October Avenue. The 33-year old, from Bangladesh, was alone at the shop and was about to close for the day after he had already locked the day’s earnings in a drawer, Soteriades said.

One of the perpetrators, Soteriades said, entered the shop and asked for the money while holding out a gun. He spoke in a Greek Cypriot dialect. The footage on the shop’s surveillance cameras, shows the 33-year-old pushing the would-be robber, who had put the pistol to the back of the employee’s head. He added that then, two shots were fired, one of which injured lightly the 33-year-old on the head, the second hitting the ceiling.

The assailant left without taking the money and fled with his accomplice, who was waiting outside on the motorcycle. The 33-year-old was taken to the hospital, where his wound was treated and was discharged.

According to the description given to the police, the person who entered the shop, is around 1.70-1.75metres tall, and of normal physique.

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