British military’s Dhekelia base in Cyprus hit by ‘grenade’ blast


June 13, 2017

A blast at a British base on the southeast coast of Cyprus has injured a police officer.

The explosion struck the Dhekelia garrison before dawn on Tuesday.

The Cyprus Mail reported a grenade had been thrown by a man on a motorbike.

Police spokesperson Kristian Gray said investigations were ongoing and authorities are viewing the explosion as a criminal case.

“The building suffered no structural damage, just a broken window,” he added.

A source told the AFP news agency that the attack could be related to the involvement of the base’s police in a crackdown on illegal bird trapping.

It reported it came after bird trappers had been handed a “heavy fine” by a court.

More than two million migratory birds are slaughtered each year on the island.

A spokesperson from the Ministry of Defence told Sky News that Sovereign Base Areas Police were investigating an explosive incident which took place in the early hours of the morning at the Dhekelia base.

“At this stage the Police are treating this as a criminal investigation. Until the initial investigation has concluded we will not be in a position to make any further comment,” they said.

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Source: Sky News