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    Posted January 24, 2014 by
    hmpearson
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    Thessaloniki, Greece
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    Man threatens suicide bombing under popular Greek national monument

     

    Man in black hoodie threatened to commit suicide in the doorway of the White Tower, a popular tourist attraction in the Greek city of Thessaloniki. The man, aged 30, was reported to have a hand grenade hidden in his pocket and threatened to kill himself with it under the tower’s closed entrance. He clam a need to ‘clear his name’. No other political or social motives have yet been released. The man has been described by a local news team as spending time in psychiatric facilities in the past. Police secured a 50 m blast zone surrounding the man to kept away pedestrians and tourists congregating should the situation turn deadly. After approximately 1.5 hours of negotiation with two officials, one of whom a police operative, the man allowed several more uniformed officers to approach him. Surrounded by the officers, the hooded man walked away from the monument and returned to the driver’s side of his new-looking grey Hyundai parked on the sidewalk. He then sped away from the scene of the threat, and entered the busy traffic of Nikis Steet. No police or officials appeared to follow the man. This odd ending to a potentially deadly morning leaves question regarding how lack of legal repercussions for such a resource heavy stunt could lead to similar occurrences with overt social and political motives in the already economically struggling city of Thessaloniki, named in 1997 as the Cultural Capital of Europe.

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