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Two more arrested in connection with Azeri case

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Two more suspects, aged 25 and 32, were arrested in connection with a suspected plot to assassinate Israeli nationals living in Cyprus, police said on Friday.

According to police, the two people were arrested in Limassol and are expected to appear in court to be remanded the following day.

They were arrested as part of the investigations into the case of a 38-year-old Azeri man, who on Friday appeared in court to renew his remand on suspicion of a terrorist attack, police said.

The new arrests raise the number of people detained in relation to the case to four, as a 27-year-old delivery man was also arrested last week.

From a small section of the information that has emerged, it appears that the man, who was working in Paphos, had been in contact with the suspected hitman.

The 38-year-old Russian passport holder was arrested on September 27 after he crossed from the north through the Ledra Street checkpoint.

In his possession, police found a loaded pistol equipped with a suppressor.

Police believe the man is part of a Russian mob and came to Cyprus to carry out a contract killing against a foreign businessman who lives and works in the Engomi area of Nicosia.

Meanwhile, a second gun appears to have been uncovered in the case by a Greek Cypriot who allegedly found it by chance while staying in the same hotel in the north.

According to daily Politis, the witness had seen a man hiding something behind an air-conditioning unit, but seemingly thought nothing of it until news broke of the man’s arrest in the Republic.

The unidentified Greek Cypriot then searched the location at the hotel and discovered a Glock 9mm and two bullets wrapped in a nylon bag.

Police spokesman Christos Andreou would neither confirm nor deny the report when asked to comment on Thursday.

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