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Suspects in Nicosia fire case that killed one remanded for eight days

February 1, 2019 at 11:15am

The Nicosia District Court on Friday remanded four people in custody for eight days in connection with the deadly fire at a cafe in central Nicosia which led to the death of a woman.

Police arrested the four suspects on Thursday, a 32 year old man from Syria, the 45 year old owner of the cafe, a 28 year old Greek Cypriot who was seen by witnesses in the cafe at the moment of the fire and a 21 year old Syrian who was arrested for helping the 32 year old hide from authorities.

On Wednesday morning, the fire service was called to respond to a fire and explosion on Costakis Pantelides street.

The victim, a woman from the Ukraine, was found dead in her apartment on the first floor of the three storey building by fire fighters who responded to the fire.

It is believed the explosion followed by the fire were caused by a gas leak which was deliberate.

The victim is not believed to have been a target.

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