Violence broke out again in Cyprus during Thursday and Friday, bringing the threat of civil strife within the Greek Cypriot community.
Violence broke out again in Cyprus during Thursday and Friday, bringing the threat of civil strife within the Greek Cypriot community. On Thursday most of the bomb attacks were officially attributed to supporters of General Grivas, the former leader of the EOKA guerrillas and campaigner for Enosis (Union with Greece).
The most concerted attacks came in the Famagusta area, where the targets included three police stations. Before blowing up two of them, raiders held up police and seized arms and ammunition. At the third station, a lone policeman drove off the intruders with revolver fire.
In central Famagusta, an electrical goods shop was deranged by the further bomb last, one other nearby properties damaged.
Thursday's attacks were followed by a new series of bombings, in which the targets in many cause seemed to indicate a counter-attack against Grives' supporters. In Nicosia, bombs exploded outside the homes of several Grives' supporters, including merchant Mr. Socrates Eliades, a personal friend of Grivas.
SYNOPSIS: Cyprus was rocked by a new wave of bomb attacks on Thursday and Friday. This was the scene in Nicosia, where more than half a dozen bombs exploded on Friday. There were immediate reports that the attacks indicated a dangerous new threat of civil strife within the Greek Cypriot community. Many past bomb attack have been officially -- union with Greece -- and of former Eoka leader General George Grivas. But many of Friday's bombs were aimed against the property of Grivas' supporters -- indicating a backlash by followers of President Makarios.
Here, the wrecked car was outside the house of Nicosia merchant Mr. Socrates Eliades, a personal friend of General Grivas. Another house, formerly occupied by the General himself, was also the target for an attack. But no casualties were reported.
The previous day, Thursday, Famagusta was the centre for a series of bomb attacks. In the town centre, a shop and surrounding properties were damaged in one of the few attacks not aimed at police stations -- or the houses of policemen. Again there were no injuries. But in the Famagusta outrages, supporters of General Grivas were accused of planting the bombs.
Three police stations in the Famagusta area were attacked. At Stavros, armed raiders held up the police and seized arms and ammunition before dynamiting the building. They did the same at nearby Paralimni village. But at a third station, a lone policeman succeeded in driving the raiders off with revolver fire.