Golden Dawn members shot dead in Athens

Two members of Greece's far-right Golden Dawn party have been shot dead from close range in Athens, whilst another member was seriously injured.

Golden Dawn members shot dead in Athens

World Bulletin / News Desk

At least two people were killed in a drive-by shooting outside the offices of Greece's far-right Golden Dawn party in Athens on Friday, police sources said.

The attack comes amid a crackdown by the government on the party after a self-proclaimed Golden Dawn sympathiser stabbed an anti-fascism rapper to death in September.

Golden Dawn, Greece's third most popular party according to opinion polls, said on its website that the victims were aged 20 and 23 years old. Police had not yet verified their identities and details on the shooting were not immediately available.

The party rose from obscurity on an anti-immigrant and anti-austerity agenda to enter parliament for the first time last year. Its banner features a swastika-like emblem and its leader has denied the Holocaust took place but the group says it is not neo-Nazi.

It denies accusations of violence and involvement in the rapper's killing.

The party's leader, Nikolaos Mihaloliakos, and two senior lawmakers were ordered detained last month pending their trial on charges of belonging to a criminal group.

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