Greek police confiscated explosives and weapons including hand grenades and sub-machine guns in overnight raids on houses in Athens and elsewhere in the country. Six people were arrested.
Operations by counter-terrorist police yielded four hand- grenades, 50 kilos of industrial-grade ANFO, an explosive mixture of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil, 200 grams of TNT, eight handguns, four Kalashnikov assault rifles, three sub- machine guns and ammunition, the police said by text message.
Police Chief Lefteris Oikonomou said five men and one woman, ranging in ages from 21 to 31, were apprehended in the raids. Two had outstanding warrants against them for involvement in a group that claimed responsibility for a spate of letter- parcel bombs last month, according to an e-mailed statement from the police headquarters in Athens.
Greek authorities are on alert ahead of the second anniversary tomorrow of the killing of a Greek teenager that sparked weeks of protests. Student, union and leftist groups plan marches to mark the anniversary amid increased dissatisfaction with the government of Prime Minister George Papandreou, which has cut wages and pensions and spending on education to qualify for an European Union-led bailout.
Last month, police struggled to tackle a spate of mail bombings targeting embassies and European leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, forcing the country to suspend international mail services for 48 hours.