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Arrests after explosion near Israeli embassy (update 1)

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Four people were arrested on Saturday and remanded for six days, following an explosion near the Israeli embassy early in the morning, police said.

The explosion occurred at 1.37am near the embassy in Strovolos, Nicosia.

A small piece of metal was found about 30m away from the embassy which had a small amount of pyrotechnic material that had exploded but did not cause any damage.

Police and explosive experts headed directly to the scene.

One resident of the area said the explosion was not very large, telling the Cyprus Mail: “I and my wife didn’t hear anything.”

Two people were seen walking suspiciously in the area while a car was spotted nearby with two people inside.

Inside the car police found two knives and a hammer, as a result of which its 21-year-old owner was arrested for possessing a weapon.

All four, aged between 17 and 21, were taken to the CID offices for further questioning, and following the issuing of warrants for the other three, all were arrested.

Police cordoned off the scene while a search of the area was underway.

All four suspects appeared in front of the Nicosia district court on Saturday, facing charges of attempted destruction of property using explosives, possession and use of explosives, and possession of a knife.

The court issued a six day remand.

 

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