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Teams of heavily-armed police officers are being stationed at key points in Athens, especially around popular tourist spots, in a bid to boost security across the Greek capital.

As of Thursday, the officers, whose ranks are to be boosted during the coming months, are being deployed in line with measures in European cities to combat possible crimes and terrorist attacks, Skai television reported.

So far the first six or seven officers have been patrolling the busy shopping district around Ermou Street, Monastiraki and Hadrian’s Arch and will change spots every two hours.

The officers are armed with automatic weapons and will be able to assist locals and tourists if an emergency arises.

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