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Suspect in weapons stash linked to tavern bomb attack

Forensic evidence links old weapons cache discovery to recent tavern bomb attack in Strovolos


An 82-year-old suspect, who was detained last week for an old weapons cache discovery, was remanded in custody over the weekend in connection with the Strovolos tavern bomb attack.

The suspect had been arrested last week along with a 42-year-old male, in connection with the discovery of a G3 army rifle and ammunition back in July 2011. The stash, which was found in an abandoned residence in Kelokedara village, Paphos district, also included two hunting rifles, a Flobert carbine rifle, and four revolvers.

It later turned out that investigators got forensic evidence tying the older suspect to the double bomb attack in Strovolos, Nicosia district, when an explosive device caused damages outside Vareladika tavern on October 27 while a day later another bomb failed to detonate outside the tavern owner’s home.

More scientific evidence also linked the 82-year-old to another case, when police back in June 2014 discovered an improvised explosive device in a different location, near the Universal area also in Paphos district. The IED was said at the time to have been well hidden behind dry leaves underneath some old ceramics.

Another 36-year-old male was remanded in custody last week in connection with the tavern bomb attack. Police believe the suspect was attempting to scare off the pub owner, a 46-year-old male who reportedly got the business under his management a week prior to the attack.

CID Nicosia and CID Paphos are now coordinating the investigation.

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