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Police investigating alleged gun find at Larnaca airport (updated)

Police on Tuesday could not confirm a report it received from a man that he had found a pistol in the café outside Larnaca Airport on Monday night.

Investigations were launched to track down a man after a pistol was allegedly found at the coffee shop by a cleaner. According to police, the cleaner spotted an unattended bag at around 9.30pm on one of the benches of the coffee shop. On picking it up he noticed it to be unusually heavy and so opened it, discovering what he described as a pistol, or revolver inside.

A man then allegedly grabbed the bag from the cleaner, claiming it belonged to him, before leaving the area in a car.

According to police spokesman Andreas Angelides, inquiries began immediately with the car’s details leading investigators to identifying its owner’s details.

Police said they tracked down the man, a 44-year-old foreign national who resides permanently in Cyprus through the airport’s surveillance cameras but that they did not locate the gun, either in his car or his home.

The 44-year-old told police the bag was not his and that it belonged to a Cypriot friend of his, 26, who lives in Nicosia and who had forgotten it on the bench. The 44-year-old told police he offered to go over there and collect it for his friend. He claimed he did not know what was in the bag.

Following a search of the 26-year-old’s house and car police located the bag but they did not find the alleged gun.

The 26-year-old told police he had forgotten the bag on Monday when he went to the airport to pick up his father. The claim was confirmed, police said.

He told police that in the bag were his keys, mobile phone and other personal belongings, and there was no gun in it.

Police said investigations continue.

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