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Shootout Wounds Tourists in Central Athens as Fugitive Nabbed

ATHENS, Greece -- 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. Police said the wounded included two tourists from Australia and Germany, a police officer and the fugitive, Nikos Maziotis. The 43-year-old has been on the run along with his wife Panagiota Roupa since June 2012 following their release from jail in 2011 after serving the maximum 18 months in pre-trial detention.

Maziotis and Roupa were convicted in absentia last year and sentenced to 25 years for participation in Revolutionary Struggle, a group active between 2003 and 2009 and best known for firing a rocket-propelled grenade into the U.S. Embassy and bombing the Athens Stock Exchange. Neither of those attacks caused injuries. In January, authorities announced a 1 million-euro ($1.3 million) reward for information leading to each of the couple's arrest. Roupa is still at large. Wednesday's shootout began in the crowded Monastiraki area, near the city's main Syntagma Square and historic Plaka district. Police Chief Dimitris Tsaknakis said Maziotis fired eight times from a handgun while being pursued and was fired upon and hit once in the shoulder by police.

- The Associated Press