President Makarios of Cyprus visited Limassol police station yesterday (May 23) after receiving news of a 2 a.
President Makarios of Cyprus visited Limassol police station yesterday (May 23) after receiving news of a 2 a.m. arms raid on the station allegedly carried out by the National Front. The President banned the National Front - which demands union with Greece -last August after a series of shootings and armed raids to seize weapons and explosives.
The raiding party, unofficially reported to be about 70-strong, made a clean getaway after the raid, driving their haul away in stolen police Land-Rovers. An official statement said they drove up in a number of civilian cars, and shouted "This is the National Front".
They tied up policemen on duty and locked them in the cells while they carted off the contents of the armoury. They cut telephone links with the stations as they moved in, and posted sentries at the gates.
While the raid was in progress a lieutenant of the Pre-Independence guerilla movement EOKA, Mr. Christakis Tryphonides, was taken from his Limassol home by armed men. Another former EOKA man, Mr. Andreas Efthymiou, escaped when raiders called at his house to get him.
While the hunt was on for the raiders police found two stolen police Land-Rovers and a patrol car abandoned. A score of police were questioned at Limassol police headquarters.
President Makarios presided over an emergency meeting of senior police officers from Limassol and Nicosia after driving to Limassol with Interior Minister Epaminondas Komodromos and General Elias Yearkinis, the National Guard Commander.
He said he would hold an emergency meeting of Government Minister on returning to Nicosia.