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Suspects Arrested in Athens Restaurant Plot

Greek authorities have arrested two men of Pakistani origin, who entered the country illegally from Turkey, on terrorism charges in connection with a planned attack on a Jewish restaurant in central Athens. The suspects, who have been in Greece for at least four months, are believed to be part of an overseas network and were deemed to be a imminent threat, prompting police to launch a swift operation to apprehend them.

As part of their investigation, police conducted searches at multiple sites in Athens, southern Greece, and the island of Zakynthos. The two men in custody are scheduled to be questioned by a public prosecutor on Friday, where they will face charges for membership of a terrorist organization.

The authorities stated that the suspects’ aim was to cause the loss of innocent lives, undermine the country’s sense of security, and hurt public institutions while threatening Greece’s international relations. The operation, which was carried out in collaboration with Greece’s anti-terrorism police division, national intelligence service, and foreign intelligence service, demonstrates the country’s security authorities remain vigilant and prepared to protect all Greeks and visitors to the country.

Public order minister Takis Theodorikakos praised the operation in a tweet, stating, “The operation demonstrates that the country’s security authorities maintain a high state of readiness for all Greeks and all visitors to our country.” The incident serves as a sobering reminder of the threats faced by countries around the world and the importance of vigilance and cooperation in combating terrorism.

Takis Theodorikakos (Via Takis Theodorikakos/Twitter)

Greece’s actions demonstrate its commitment to protecting its citizens and upholding its international obligations. The investigation is ongoing, with authorities working to uncover the full extent of the plot and the identities of any additional individuals involved. The arrests have sent a strong message to those planning to carry out violent acts, and Greece’s authorities are working tirelessly to ensure the safety and security of its citizens.

The arrests also highlight the important role that intelligence gathering and sharing plays in disrupting and preventing terrorist activities. The involvement of a foreign intelligence service in the operation underscores the global nature of terrorism and the need for international cooperation in combating this threat.

The incident is a grim reminder of the threats faced by countries around the world, and the importance of continued vigilance and cooperation in the fight against terrorism. It is a testament to Greece’s dedication to protecting its citizens and upholding its international obligations. The two men accused of plotting an extremist attack on a Jewish restaurant in Athens will face justice, and the country will continue to work tirelessly to disrupt and prevent terrorist activities.

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