Two fugitives arrested shortly before midnight on Thursday are believed to be high-ranking members of four gangs involved in the protection racket, police said on Friday. The two were arrested in a raid carried out by the Attica Security extortion squad on an apartment in Kamatero.

The men arrested were taken by surprise and did not have time to use either the gun or a hand-grenade police found in the apartment.

Police sources said the two suspects are considered the 'seconds-in-command' of a gang leader  now in prison and had undertaken to set bombs on his behalf at various night clubs in Athens or to collect protection money from venue owners.
They were taken before an examining magistrate on Friday.