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


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.

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Source: Sky News