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Police operations following Koutsokoumnis bomb attack continue

CFA Chairman Costakis Koutsokoumnis

Police on Tuesday morning carried out a number of raids on properties in the Limassol area, searching premises and calling in a number of people for questioning.

The operations follow last week’s bid to find weapons and explosives, which ended with no arrests or finds. A large number of units cooperated in Tuesday’s actions including officers from Limassol CID and HQ police, as well as armed members of MMAD.

Police say eight premises were searched, with an equal number of people called in for questioning, including officials from the sphere of football, without however anything incriminating being uncovered through the interviews.

The operations began at around 5.30am and were concluded by 9.30am.

A shotgun was discovered at a 38-year-old’s house that did not belong to him, but to a 32-year-old friend. The men were called in for questioning, before being charged and released.

Police say they found a replica pistol with a magazine at a workshop used another 38-year-old who was also charged and released.

The police action followed the bombing, last week of the Limassol offices of the Minerva insurance company on Omirou street, with the target believed to have been the chairman of the Cyprus Football Association (CFA), Costakis Koutsokoumnis, who has an interest in the business.

Koutsokoumnis had announced earlier at an extraordinary meeting of the CFA that “the party is over for the betting mafia.”

The meeting had been called to focus on the many ‘red notices’ sent recently by UEFA concerning match fixing.

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