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Blast destroys betting shop, building evacuated

An explosion in a betting agency in Limassol destroyed the shop early on Tuesday morning while also damaging an apartment building, neighbouring premises and a car.

After police was notified of the blast at around 5am police officers rushed to the scene to assess the situation and search for evidence.

According to Limassol CID chief Ioannis Soteriades a bomb detonated on the ground floor of a block of flats in Nicodemos Mylona street.

“The explosion caused a fire and resulted in the total destruction of the building,” he said, adding that “because of the expansion of the fire, residents of the block of flats were at risk, and the fire service and police immediately intervened and evacuated the apartment building and thus none of the tenants were injured.”

Unknown perpetrators had placed a high-powered explosive device on the west side of the building while dousing the space with flammable material.

In addition to the total destruction of the agency, the walls of both the apartment building and neighbouring premises sustained damage from the fumes, and a car was also damaged.

“The incident is serious and is investigated with all due care,” Soteriades said, adding that some persons have been summoned to testify at the Limassol CID office.

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