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Arrests for shooting outside a home earlier this year

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Police, assisted by the counter terrorism unit, arrested five people on Tuesday in connection with two separate cases, one involving shots fired at the home of a man in Larnaca and another relating to extortion and robbery.

The force said it was seeking a sixth suspect, currently believed to be abroad.

Officers arrested two men, aged 26 and 30, on suspicion of illegal possession of a firearm and firing shots at a residence on February 19 this year.

The incident took place at 1.30am. The resident, Charalambos Charalambous, 39, notified police that an unknown man had fired shots with an automatic weapon against his house, which is located near the port.

Charalambous lives on the top floor of a duplex with his wife and child while his parents live on the ground floor.

No one was injured during the attack, though damage was caused to the exterior and interior of the building, as well as a car belonging to his mother.

Investigators collected a number of shell casings, but also live rounds found scattered at the scene.

Charalambous had been the target of a murder attempt in November 2019 outside his home. The shooter, Charalambos Chrysanthou, aka Hamburger, is currently in jail for that crime and an attempt against the life of a businessman in Ayia Napa in February 2020.

Also on Tuesday, police arrested three other suspects on suspicion of abduction, extortion, and robbery involving a 32-year-old Larnaca businessman.

The alleged offences took place in the coastal town between February 8 and February 11.

The suspects are two Greek Cypriots, 27 and 39, and a 41-year-old Russian woman. Police are also seeking an Egyptian national, 37, for the same case.


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