Anti-Terror Squads Probe Fires

As blazes continue, police call for increased powers
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2007 7:17 AM CDT
Fires continue to ravage the Peloponnese.   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – As fires continues to ravage Greece, the government has used anti-terrorist forces to question 32 suspects arrested for alleged arson. New fires continue to break out, and Greek authorities are now offering a $2 milion reward to catch arsonists. The blazes have killed at least 60 people since Friday and Greece remains in a state of emergency.

One of Greece's leading prosecutors has ordered an inquiry to determine whether the arson attacks that have devastated the Peloponnese and other regions can be treated as acts of terror, which would give the police greater powers of investigation and arrest. Meanwhile, 11 fellow EU nations have joined in the effort to put out the fire, and water-bombing planes and helicopters have been dispatched.