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Multiple arson attacks in Anthoupolis

The fires started on Monday afternoon

Police say they are looking into a number of arson attacks in the Nicosia suburb of Anthoupolis which were carried out early on Thursday.

“Police are investigating arson attacks carried out on four vehicles which were parked in the same area of Nicosia,” a statement said.

“At around 12.20am fires broke out in three cars and a refuge collection vehicle which were parked in an area with a radius of 200 metres in Anthoupolis. A bed located in the garden of a house in the same area was also discovered in flames.”

The fire service was called to the area and extinguished the fires. From investigations that followed, it was ascertained that the fires were set deliberately. One of the cars was completely destroyed, while the three others sustained damage.

“Specifically, the fire in a tent that was originally set alight, spread to the two cars which were parked underneath it, completely destroying one of them and damaging the exterior of the other.”

Police said the inside of the rubbish truck, which was parked in an open space, appeared to have been set alight with the damage restricted to its interior.

The fourth vehicle, which was parked in a parallel road, also suffered damage to its interior. Nicosia CID are investigating.

Meanwhile on Wednesday evening in Limassol, a car belonging to a 24-year-old man was found ablaze in an Akaki road at around 7.30pm by people in the area who called the police.

The fire department put it out but it was completely destroyed. From evidence collected and items found at the scene in was ascertained the fire was maliciously set. Further investigation brought to light that the car had been reported stolen a day earlier.

CID Limassol are continuing investigations.

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