Rioting in Athens over police killing 16-year old(Lead)

December 7th, 2008 - 7:25 am ICT by IANS  

Athens, Dec 7 (DPA) Rioting broke out in the Greek capital Saturday after police fatally wounded a 16-year-old boy in clashes with youths.Reports said the rioting began after groups of youths in the central Athens neighbourhood of Exarchia began attacking a police car with stones and firebombs. One of the officers inside the police vehicle retaliated by firing shots, seriously wounding the teenager.

The teenager was rushed to a local hospital but died upon arrival, triggering hundreds of youths in the area to begin attacking other police cars.

Police responded by firing tear gas at the group of youths, causing havoc in central Athens where traffic has been blocked off. Locals rushed for cover and restaurants closed their doors to customers.

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