Armed raiders attacked 18 police stations throughout Cyprus on Tuesday (6 February) night, stealing weapons, ammunition, police uniforms and radio equipment.
GV Lookout post on police station
SV Land-rover in garage wreckage
SV Wreckage of police truck and building
SV Road sign "Famagusta" and police sign (2 shots)
SV Wreckage of police station
SV Policemen searching wreckage
SV PAN People search through wreckage of another building (2 shots)
SV Man picks up boot
SV Rescue workers recover clothing
SV PAN Wreckage
SV Papers among wreckage
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Background: Armed raiders attacked 18 police stations throughout Cyprus on Tuesday (6 February) night, stealing weapons, ammunition, police uniforms and radio equipment.
Three stations in the Famagusta district were blown up with dynamite charges by the masked men. During the attacks, the raiders stole a police van and destroyed another with a hand-grenade.
A police spokesman said that most of the stations attacked were small village or rural posts. Three of the stations were in the Nicosia district, five in the eastern Famagusta district, three in the Larnaca district, four in the south-west Limassol district and three in the western Paphos. In six cases the raiders were driven off by police defenders.
President Makarios has accused the former EOKA leader, General Grivas, of organising armed resistance to his Government in attempts to upset the Presidential election and shake the confidence in the Administration.
SYNOPSIS: Armed raiders attacked eighteen police stations throughout Cyprus on Tuesday night. They blew up three with dynamite charges as they fled. The raiders stole one police vehicle and destroyed another with a hand-grenade.
Those stations destroyed were in the Famagusta district where raiders stole weapons, ammunition, police uniforms and radio equipment.
As policemen searched the wreckage President Makarios accused former Eoka leader, General Grivas, of organising armed resistance to his Government in attempts to upset the presidential election.
Most of the police stations attacked were small village or rural posts. The police were outnumbered, but in six cases, the attackers were driven off by police defenders. There were no deaths or serious injuries, reported in the explosions or the gunfights which broke out.