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Arrests made in ''Dimitroui'' attempted murder

Ten suspects apprehended, investigations intensify in high-profile shooting incident


Law enforcement authorities have made significant progress in the case of the attempted murder of 34-year-old Dimitris Andronikou, also known as "Dimitroui," which occurred on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, along the Paleochori - Anthoupolis road. On Saturday, ten arrests were made, including three Greek Cypriots and seven foreigners.

The suspects, aged between 21 and 49, were brought before a court under strict security measures. The court proceedings began yesterday and are expected to conclude today, with the Nicosia District Court considering the police's request for eight days' detention of the arrested individuals.

One additional suspect, a 28-year-old man, was apprehended in Larnaca following a major police operation. Authorities conducted searches of several houses, gathering evidence for evaluation.

Investigators believe they have key individuals in custody who may lead to solving the crime, including potential instigators and perpetrators. Meanwhile, Andronikou remains in critical condition at Nicosia General Hospital.

The motive behind the attempted murder is suspected to be related to ongoing disputes within the nightlife community, particularly concerning protection issues. Andronikou's previous encounters with law enforcement, as well as his association with the late Alexis Mavromichalis (Alexoui), who was murdered last October, have drawn attention from investigators.

Closed-circuit television footage has been scrutinized, with one video capturing the perpetrators' actions. Ballistics tests on shell casings found at the scene are ongoing, although authorities have not disclosed any results.

The attackers approached Andronikou on a scooter, firing three shots at close range, with one bullet striking him in the neck. The murder weapon and scooter have not been located, but investigations are ongoing.

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