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13 December, 2018
 
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Cypriot drives car into Russian Consulate gate

Police say car attack not terrorism, suspect facing mental issues

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Police are playing down the arrest of a Cypriot man on Tuesday, who drove his car into the gate the Russian Consulate in Limassol shouting Russian intelligence were after him.

The suspect, described as a 45-year-old Greek Cypriot male, drove his car into the security gate of the Russian Consulate just before 1pm.

He then entered the front yard of the building and broke the glass door at the front entrance, while raising his voice and causing panic.

The suspect was heard saying that Russian intelligence was after him and wanted to kill him, according to some local media reports

The suspect was heard saying that Russian intelligence was after him and wanted to kill him, according to some local media reports.

Consulate officials called the police who rushed to the scene immediately and arrested him.

Police told Knews the man did not have any outstanding warrants and they did not suspect terrorism was involved, but he was also having some mental issues.

The suspect was taken to the Emergency Room at the Limassol General Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries due to broken glass.

He is also expected to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

The suspect reportedly faced psychological issues in the past. He also had checked in to Athalassa Mental Hospital, according to local reports.

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