Guns and ammunition found inside mosque in Xanthi; imam arrested

Two guns, a hunting rifle and thirty cartridges were discovered by police inside a village mosque in Xanthi, northeastern Greece, on Tuesday, after a tip-off received by authorities. The mosque’s imam was arrested for possession of weapons and is being interrogated about the case.

Police raided the mosque located in the village of Iliopetra accompanied by a prosecutor and found a .22 pistol, a .38 pistol with a silencer, a Flobert hunting rifle and the ammunition. All the findings were sent to the Forensic Service’s laboratories in Athens.

According to reliable sources, the Turkish general consul in Komitini and the unofficial religious authority in Xanthi to which the imam belongs to agreed to leak to the controlled Turkish-language press of the region that this is a conspiracy involving Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen’s organization FETO.

The same sources said the media make an explicit reference to companies owned by Gulen in Thrace which shows an attempt to export a Turkish problem to Greece, firstly because of the Turkish referendum and secondly because the findings put them at an extremely unfavorable position.

Greek officials have repeatedly stated they Turkey will not be allowed to export its domestic problems to Greece.