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Greek Police Detain Suspect After Thessaloniki Gold Mine Attack

Feb. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Greek police arrested and detained a person suspected of taking part in an attack at the Hellas Gold Mine in Skouries, near Thessaloniki, northern Greece, according to a police spokesman.

Thirty-three other people were arrested and later released, according to the spokesman, who asked not to be identified in line with policy. A group of about 40 masked people burned cars and machinery at the mine after midnight on Feb. 17, using Molotov cocktails, according to a police phone text message.

The attack caused “significant damage,” Thessaloniki-based Hellas Gold said in an e-mailed statement today. The company took over the mine a year ago and currently employs 1,200 workers there, according to the statement.

Citizen Protection Minister Nikolaos Dendias and Police Chief Nikos Papagianopoulos visited the local police department today to be briefed on the case, according to a police phone text message.

To contact the reporter on this story: Eleni Chrepa in Athens at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jerrold Colten at

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