Greece explores terror link to forest fire

Greece explores terror link to forest fire

28 August 2007

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Greece — Three days after forest fires engulfed Greece, a probe has been ordered into whether arson attacks, which have been blamed for the worst forest fires in 150 years, could be considered terrorist acts. 

The public order ministry said Dimitris Papangelopoulos, who is responsible for prosecuting terrorism and organised crime, ordered the investigation to determine “whether the crimes of arsonists and of arson attacks on forests carried out in the country during the summer of 2007” could come under Greece’s anti-terrorism law. 

The fires have killed around 63 people. On Monday, a fire broke out on the fringes of Athens a day after a massive effort prevented the birthplace of the Olympics from being devastated by flames.

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