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Taxi driver reports attack after Apoel match

A Turkish Cypriot taxi driver told police he was attacked in Nicosia while driving past the clubhouse of Apoel, whose fans were out celebrating the team’s qualification for the Champions League group stages.

Turkish Cypriot newspaper Kibris said Aziz Canas was attacked at around 1am while returning from Larnaca airport with two British tourists.

He was stopped at the traffic lights next to the clubhouse, which has been the scene of several previous attacks against Turkish Cypriots.

No one was injured in the incident. The driver said the assailants tried to open the doors of the taxi but failed because they were locked, then spat on the windshield, threw a beer can at the vehicle and kicked it as it started to move off.

Canas said he reported the incident to police at Ayios Dhometios crossing point where he had to wait 90 minutes for a translator who never showed up. The British couple were taken to Kyrenia in another taxi.

The driver refused to go to the CID in Nicosia to report the incident, or leave the vehicle at the crossing point and be driven there.

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