Two men gunned down in Athens near Golden Dawn office

Two men gunned down in Athens near Golden Dawn office
Police officers stand guard near the local offices of far-right Golden Dawn party, following a shooting, in a northern suburb of Athens.

ATHENS - Two men were killed and another person seriously injured Friday in a shooting outside the Athens party offices of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, police said.

The dead victims were aged 22 and 25, police said, without giving details on their identities or political affiliation.

The pair were hit by three bullets each in the head and chest. One of the victims was killed instantly while the second succumbed to his injuries in hospital, according to the health ministry.

Local Greek media reported that the two were members of Golden Dawn. The party had planned a meeting in the Athens suburb of Neo Iraklio on Friday night, where the shootings took place.

Officers from police anti-terrorist units rushed to the scene and immediately cordoned off the surrounding area.

The injured victim was taken to hospital, according to police sources.

According to police, two unknown assailants parked their motorbike close to the local offices of the Golden Dawn party, before approaching the victims, firing and then fleeing on the bike.

Greece's public order minister Nikos Dendias expressed his "sadness for the death of the young men".

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