Greece says it busts overseas terror network which was planning mass attacks

Illustrative: Police on patrol in Thessaloniki, Greece, June 17, 2012. (AP/Dimitri Messinis)
Illustrative: Police on patrol in Thessaloniki, Greece, June 17, 2012. (AP/Dimitri Messinis)

Police in Greece say they have arrested two terrorism suspects who had been planning attacks in the country aimed at causing mass casualties.

The suspects were allegedly part of an overseas terrorism network. They are being held at police headquarters in central Athens, authorities say.

Greece’s anti-terrorism police division and National Intelligence Service were involved in the arrest, according to a police statement, and were assisted by a foreign intelligence service that has not been named.

Greece, just an hour away from Israel by plane, is a popular tourist destination for Israelis, in particular over the Passover holiday, which begins next week. Israel has repeatedly accused Iran and its proxies of planning attacks against Israeli targets in Greece in the past.

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