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Greece police injured

Gunmen shoot policeman in Athens

Riot police walk past a Christmas-decorated shop window during a peaceful student demonstration in central Athens Tuesday, 23 December 2008
Greek police say they face growing public hostility after the recent riots

A Greek riot policeman has been seriously injured after being shot in central Athens.

Greece's police chief says bullet cases matched the Kalashnikov rifle used in another attack on police in December.

The officer, 21-year-old Diamandis Matzounis, was part of a unit guarding the culture ministry when the pre-dawn attack took place.

Last month Greece saw its worst riots in decades after the fatal shooting by police of a teenager in Athens.

A huge manhunt is under way, following the latest attack.

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