Weapons

Greek prisons brimming with knives, official tells House

The general secretary for crime policy at the Citizens' Protection Ministry, Sofia Nikolaou, told a special House committee on Thursday that checks conducted at Greek prisons since the conservative government came to power in July have yielded hundreds of knives, makeshift weapons and mobile phones.

Cyprus to purchase arms worth 240 million euros from France

Cyprus has signed a contract with France for the purchase of military equipment worth 240 million euros, the country's Defence Ministry announced on Friday, confirming recent reports in French media.

The ministry noted that due to the sensitive nature of the matter, which falls under national security, it does not intend to disclose any further information for the time being.

Three identified, one arrested over attack on police car

Police said on Saturday that they identified three suspects who are thought to have been part of a group of hooligans who attacked a police vehicle outside the Athens Olympic Stadium on January 26 during a cross-town derby between host AEK Athens and Olympiakos.

The three suspects are two Greeks and a teenage foreign national.

Russia deploys first hypersonic nuclear-capable missiles

Russia deployed its first regiment of hypersonic nuclear-capable missiles on Dec. 27, the Defence Ministry said, a move which President Vladimir Putin has boasted puts his country in a class of its own.   

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has informed Putin of the deployment, according to a ministry statement that did not disclose where the missiles were located. 

Turkish army purchases indigenous machine gun drone

The Turkish military is expanding its inventory with Songar, the first Turkish-made armed drone capable of firing automatic weapons.

Eight Songar drone systems, equipped with automatic machine guns, will enter service with the deal signed between Turkey's Defense Industries Presidency and the drones' manufacturer, Asis Elektronik.

Police searching apartment building in Exarchia

Police were on Monday morning searching an apartment building where two people were arrested for possession of molotov cocktails late on Sunday.
The building is located in the central Athens neighborhood of Exarchia where police clashed with protesters after a march marking the 46th anniversary of a student uprising against the then-ruling Greek military dictatorship.

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