Greek police on Wednesday said they had captured far-left extremist Nikos Maziotis -- one of the country's top fugitives -- in central Athens.
"Nikos Maziotis has been arrested," a police source said, adding that a police officer had been injured in a shootout near the tourist Monastiraki district.
Maziotis and his companion Panagiota Roupa -- both leading members of defunct militant outfit Revolutionary Struggle -- had been conditionally released from prison in 2012 and subsequently disappeared.
Revolutionary Struggle, which first emerged in 2003, was once deemed by authorities to be the country's most dangerous far-left organisation and is on European Union and US lists of terrorist groups.
The United States put a bounty on the group after it fired a rocket at the US embassy in Athens in 2007 without injuring anyone. Other strikes include a bomb attack on the Athens Stock Exchange and several banks, and attempted assassination attempts against police and a former police minister.
Greece has seen a resurgence in extremist activity at a time when the country is struggling to emerge from a crippling six-year recession.
In December, unknown attackers fired automatic rifle shots at the German ambassador's residence in Athens without causing any injuries.
A month earlier, two members of neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn were fatally shot outside an Athens district office, and another was seriously injured.
In January, a prominent member of Greece's deadliest extremist group "November 17", Christodoulos Xiros, disappeared while on prison leave. He remains at large.
Date created : 2014-07-16