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Greek Police See Ties Between Hit Man, Cyprus Assassination

An Albanian hit man who shot dead a prominent businessman and two others on Cyprus could be the same one who tried to kill him four years ago, Greek police said, according to Kathimerini.

They are awaiting a positive identification on the assassin, who was killed by a Cypriot police officer in a wild shootout in Ayia Napa on June 23, four years to the day after the first attempt there failed to kill Phanos Kalopsidiotis, but got all five of his body guards.

Witnesses said Kalopsidiotis, a close family friend and the friend’s wife were gunned down in front of the businessman’s two children. Another assailant was able to get away.

The attackers drove up in a car and opened fire, police said.

In 2012, Greek police arrested a 38-year-old self-styled anarchist, Dimitris Mamalikopoulos, and another man over the attack, now believed to be the dead assassin.

The same man was rearrested on a Cypriot warrant after Kalopsidiotis named him as one of his would-be assassins. He was again questioned and released due to a lack of evidence.

Kalopsidiotis’ father was murdered in 2012 while sitting on the doorstep of his home and Cyprus, shot to the torso.

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