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Monday, March 5, 2012

Greek factory worker, 52, shoots boss and colleague after being laid off

A crazed man shot his boss and a co-worker after being laid-off from the Greek rubbish bin factory he had worked at for 30 years.

Distraught Dimitris Manikas, 52, barged into the Helesi factory in Komotini, northern Greece brandishing a hunting rifle and demanded to know why he had been fired.

After shooting the two men he took three other people hostage and only surrendered after 11 hours of tense negotiations with police.

His former boss Sakis Andrianopoulos - a man who he had known for decades and who was the best man at his wedding - is recovering in hospital after being shot in the neck and the chest.

The co-worker is also expected to make a full recovery.

Officials have played down the shooting as an isolated incident, but many Greeks also see it as a cautionary tale of the human toll of an economic crisis that has left more than one in five Greeks jobless. Read More