Increase in number of car explosions in Cyprus

The number of bombs placed under cars and outside homes in Cyprus is rapidly increasing. This is in light of the recent car bomb which killed Daphne Caruana Galizia, a 53-year-old investigative journalist, in Malta two weeks ago.

According to Deputy Police Spokesman, Stelios Stylianou, the bombs in Cyprus are more to scare and intimidate rather than to harm people specifically. Unfortunately, attacks are very common in Limassol.

The bomb cases usually occur due to disagreements between groups dealing with organised crime such as drugs, outstanding debts, ‘protection’ services and competing businesses where someone may have been cheated out of competitor money.

The Cyprus police have released statistics that there had been 11 attempts to destroy property by bombs up until September this year. Moreover, 8 of the bombs were underneath cars and 3 were either outside homes or businesses.

The car belonging to the Deputy Chairman of the football association Giorgos Koumas was destroyed in an arson attack this month alone.