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Cops ‘closing in’ on Napa shooting suspect

An Albanian man – wanted by police in connection with the multiple murder in Ayia Napa last week – is reportedly holed up somewhere in the Aglandjia area, according to police sources.

Traces of the suspect, who has been named as being Alex Burelli, were found in an abandoned building which housed the former hotel college near the Green Line in Aglandjia. This, as well as press reports from the north, suggest that he has not managed to cross the divide into the north.

Phanos Kalopsidiotis, policeman Elias Hadjiefthymiou and his wife Skevi were killed by armed gunmen while dining at an Ayia Napa restaurant last Thursday. One of the gunmen was killed during the attack. Off duty MMAD officer Giorgos Charalambous and one of Kalopsidiotis’ bodyguards were injured during the attack.

The suspect does not seem to be injured as no traces of blood were found in his hideout.

The police believe that the net is homing in on Burelli and a few other people who may be harbouring him. Two people have already been arrested in connection with the slaying which resulted in the death of four people – including one of the alleged shooters.

The guns – two Kalashnikovs and two pistols found at the scene of the crime – will undergo ballistics test on Thursday to ascertain which guns were used to kill Kalopsidiotis, Hadjefthymiou and his wife. The off-duty MMAD officer who was injured during the attack was expected to give a statement to police on Wednesday, but doctors felt that he was as yet not well enough to do so.

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