Police Hunt Third Xiros Hideout

(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, FILE).

ATHENS – Greek police said they are certain that apprehended terrorist fugitive Christodoulos Xiros and his alleged accomplices kept a third hideout.

Xiros was caught Jan. 3 near his primary hiding place in Anavyssos, southeast of Athens, after police, who had been watching him, lured him into a trap with a staged motorcycle accident.

Authorities located a second hideout and an unidentified high-ranking police official told Kathimerini he was optimistic dthat another would be found.

He said it was likely in “an urban area” unlike the other two, including the second, in Loutraki, west of the capital.

According to the official, a plan by Xiros, who had belonged to the notorious November 17 guerilla group, and his associates to break out jailed members of the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire guerrilla group expected half would go to the Loutraki hideout and the rest to the third hideout.

Police did not release further details of the plan but it was thought the terrorists were going to go on a bombing spree as officials discovered dozens of ready-made bombs in the Loutraki hideout.

Police said they also found 89 sticks of dynamite and 45 plastic containers packed with ammonium nitrate at the Loutraki house. Local residents said they had seen a 22-year-old woman, identified by police as Angeliki Sp., entering and leaving the property along with a man whose description didn’t match that of Xiros.

In a statement uploaded on the Internet, jailed Conspiracy of Cells of Fire members described Angeliki Sp. as a “friend of the revolt” and accused journalists of “waging a dirty war” against her, vowing revenge on her behalf.

Greek privacy laws are so strict that the names of suspects, even in high-level cases, aren’t released unless they are politicians or the media feels like naming them.