The Cyprus police inspector killed on Wednesday (August 1) while trying to defuse a bomb, was buried in Nicosia on Thursday (August 2) with full honours.
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SV widow being escorted out of church, across courtyard.
SV Coffin being carried across courtyard, placed in hearse (3 shots)
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Background: The Cyprus police inspector killed on Wednesday (August 1) while trying to defuse a bomb, was buried in Nicosia on Thursday (August 2) with full honours.
Inspector Loizos Hadjiloizou, a 39-year-old married man with three children went to the village of Prastio west of Nicosia to defuse a bomb. It exploded as he touched it. An assistant was seriously injured.
The bomb was one of two discovered after a series of eight explosions had wrecked cars and damaged houses during the night in the nearby township of Morphou.
The inspector is the first policeman to die on duty during the current period of crisis in Cyprus.
The funeral procession to the Cathedral Church of St. John was led by a police band and the Cyprus President, Archbishop Makarios attended the service.
The dead man and his squad had dealt with dozens of unexploded bombs since the anti-Government groups, said by President Makarios to be organised by the guerrilla leader General George Crivas, began their attacks on police stations and houses of Government leaders this year.
SYNOPSIS: In Cyprus on Thursday - the funeral of the first policeman to die on duty during the current crisis on the island.
The President of Cyprus, Archbishop Makarios was at the service at the Cathedral Church of St. John in Nicosla.
Inspector Loizos Hadjiloizou, a married man with three young children, was killed on Wednesday when trying to defuse a bomb in the village of Prastio west of Nicosia. The Inspector and his bomb disposal squad had dealt with dozens of unexploded bombs since anti-Government groups began their attacks this year. One of his assistants was seriously injured in Wednesday's explosion.
The dead policeman was buried with full honours - and the funeral cortege was escorted by his colleagues.
President Makarios has accused the former gorilla leader General George Grivas of organising the bomb attacks. But org-Government groups have also use bombs against the property of Grivas supporters.