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Greece. Suspects of foiled Passover attack appear in court


ATHENS, Greece — Two men accused of planning a Passover attack on a Jewish center in central Athens appeared in court on Friday to face terrorism charges.

Greek authorities announced the arrest of the suspects earlier this week and described the men as being of Pakistani origin.

Police alleged they planned to attack the Chabad Center in Athens, which is part of the international Chabad-Lubavitch movement of Judaism. The center hosts religious services, as well as a kosher restaurant and grocery store.

Passover, one of the most important Jewish holidays, begins next Wednesday at sunset.

Investigators are trying to determine if the suspects were planning attacks at other locations. Police searched several sites in Athens as well as in southern Greece and the western island of Zakynthos.

Arrested men must appear before a public prosecutor, who should order their remand in custody.

A third man, who is not in Greece, is wanted for questioning and charged in absentia with terrorism-related offences.

Israel thanked the Greek government for its response and said its national intelligence agency, the Mossad, had provided information on the suspects.


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