A hooded man in Limassol on Friday threatened employees with a gun and tried to set fire to a pizza restaurant.

According to a police report, the incident occurred at 4.20am when a balaclava-clad man ordered the two employees to leave the premises, threatening them with a pistol.

When the employees left the pizzeria, the unknown person allegedly threw an improvised explosive device towards the glass entrance and then escaped in a vehicle waiting in an adjacent street, driven by a second hooded man.

Employees managed to put out the fire that broke out outside the premises without any damage caused, while members of the Limassol CID were called to the scene.

Police secured details of the vehicle in which the perpetrators left and ten minutes later, the car was found burning in an open area next to the Ermes Polemidia stadium. The fire services extinguished the fire, while the vehicle was completely destroyed.

Police investigations established the car had been reported stolen on October 6. It is not the first time the particular location has been targeted.

Investigations by the Limassol CID continue with police examining CCTV footage.