Greek guerrilla group shot radio journalist

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The leftist Greek guerrilla group Rebel Sect yesterday claimed responsibility for last week's shooting of a reporter, the first such incident in Greece for over 20 years. Rebel Sect sent a seven-page statement to local newspaper Ta Nea, saying it had shot dead Sokratis Giolias, 37, outside his home on July 19. Giolias, a father of one, was news chief at local radio station Thema 98.9. He was shot 16 times at close range. A journalist at Ta Nea said the letter mentioned other journalists and would be published by the paper on Wednesday.

A ballistic investigation showed last week that the guns used in the assassination of the journalist had also been used in other attacks claimed by Rebel Sect. The organisation emerged in 2009 and has stated that journalists are among its targets.

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