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Athens, Greece (AHN) - Fierce riots between hundreds of youths and police officers sparked on several streets of Greek cities on early Sunday after police shot dead a teenage boy in Athens.
Protesters shouted slogans, attacking police cars with rocks and fuel-filled bombs, which burned businesses as they clashed with police. The security officers used tear gas to disperse the crowd.
"We've never seen anything like this," a senior police official who requested anonymity because of his involvement in the investigation told The New York Times on Sunday. "The tension is so thick you can almost cut it with a knife."
The local reports said that violence was sparked soon after a member of an elite police corps fatally shot at a 15-year-old boy.
Police officials said that the teen was shot as he threw a firebomb at the officers. However circumstances surrounding the shooting are still unclear. The teenager was shot in the chest and died while he was being taken to a hospital.
Police officials said that the teen was shot as he threw a firebomb at the officers.