A new series of explosion rocked two townships west of Nicosia today (Wednesday, August 1).?
A new series of explosion rocked two townships west of Nicosia today (Wednesday, August 1). Though there were on casualties during the blasts, directed against property and cars, a Cypriot bomb disposal expert was killed when trying to defuse an unexploded bomb.
There were reports that on this occasion all the explosions were directed against the property of supporters of former Eoka leader, General George Grivas. Morphou and Prastio were the two townships affected.
It was in Prastio that the unexploded bomb was fond -- near the house of the local headman. Inspector Loizos Hadjiloizou, whose bomb disposal squad has dealt with dozens of unexploded bombs during the current campaign of violence, was killed when it exploded. An assistant was seriously injured.
SYNOPSIS: In Cyprus, the violent confrontation between supporters of President Makarios and former Eoka leader General George Grivas, erupted in a new outbreak of bomb attacks on Wednesday. This petrol station in the township of Morphou, west of Nicosia, was one of several properties damaged.
On this occasion there were reports that the bombs -- eight in all -- had been directed against known supporters of General Grivas. Tension on the island has increased since the kidnapping of Justice Minister Christos Vakis last week by armed men -- thought to be Grivas followers. Since the kidnapping many supporters of the General and his policy of union with Greece have been rounded up by police.
Nearby Prastio was also the target for bomb attacks on Wednesday. Here, one bomb failed to explode. And though the other blasts caused non-casualties, a leading Cypriot bomb disposal expert was killed when he tried to defuse the charge.