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Greek extremist shootout triggers mass search for other militant suspects

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    Policemen guard the scene where an Australian tourist was wounded after a shootout in the tourist area of Monastiraki in central Athens on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Greek police arrested one of the country's most wanted men — a fugitive convicted of terrorism — during a shootout Wednesday in Athens' central tourist district that left four people wounded, authorities said. Maziotis who has been on the run along with his wife Panagiota Roupa since 2012 following their release from jail after serving the maximum 18 months in pre-trial detention. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)The Associated Press

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    Anti-terrorism police officers search the scene where Nikos Maziotis was wounded and arrested after a shootout at the tourist area of Monastiraki in central Athens on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Greek police arrested one of the country's most wanted men — a fugitive convicted of terrorism — during a shootout Wednesday in Athens' central tourist district that left four people wounded, authorities said. Maziotis who has been on the run along with his wife Panagiota Roupa since 2012 following their release from jail after serving the maximum 18 months in pre-trial detention. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)The Associated Press

Police say they have searched homes across Athens and questioned more than 20 people in a hunt for members of a far-left armed group following the arrest of one of its leaders in a central Athens shootout.

Searches continued across the Greek capital Thursday, a day after the arrest of Nikos Maziotis, a leading Revolutionary Struggle member, in the shootout that left the suspect, two tourists and one police officer injured. Maziotis was convicted in absentia of terrorism last year.

Police said a 9-milimeter handgun used by Maziotis did not match weapons used in past criminal or terrorist attacks.

Far-left and anarchist militant groups have carried out bombings and shootings for decades in Greece. Other fugitives, identified by authorities, include Maziotis' 45-year-old wife Panagiota Roupa.