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Cyprus football referees HQ bombed in Nicosia

The Nicosia headquarters of the Cyprus referees association was bombed in the earlier hours of this morning.

Cypriot police confirmed that a small bomb exploded at 03:35 local time, 00:35 GMT, causing minor damage.

It's not the first time that football officials in Cyprus have come under attack.

In February, all first division matches were postponed after a bomb damaged the car of Leontios Trattos, a prominent referee who also officiates international matches for FIFA.

Two months ago, a fire bomb was thrown at the house of an assistant referee in Limassol.

No arrests have been made yet in relation to the latest attack.


RAF jets in Cyprus for possible Iraq surveillance work

RAF Tornado jets have landed in Cyprus overnight where they are on standby for possible surveillance missions over northern Iraq.

An RAF Tornado jet lands in Cyprus Credit: ITV News

Four RAF Chinooks are also due to arrive at the British airbase on the island later today, although it is not clear what their role in Iraq would be.

Tourist battled to save drowned British girl

Police in Cyprus said a tourist battled to save a five-year-old British girl who was found drowned in a hotel swimming pool.

Adam Kirk, a spokesman for Famagusta police, said:

At about 4.15pm on Monday afternoon a five-year-old girl from England was found drowned in the pool of a hotel in Protaras.

A tourist saw the child in the bottom of the pool. He dived in and took her out but it was already too late.

It seems that the parents had not seen the child. She was in the bottom of the pool for around five minutes.

Five-year-old British girl drowns in Cyprus hotel pool

A five-year-old British girl has drowned in a swimming pool in Cyprus.

Police said the child died yesterday afternoon at the Evalena Hotel in Protaras on the south-east coast of the island.

A map showing the resort town of Protaras in Cyprus where the girl died Credit: Google Maps

A post-mortem examination carried out at Larnaca General Hospital today confirmed the cause of death was drowning.

A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it was providing consular assistance.


RAF jets scrambled in 'Syrian' planes response

RAF jets, here pictured in Cyprus last month, are investigating Syrian planes. Credit: REUTERS/Yiannis Nisiotis

Two RAF jets have been scrambled from their base in Cyprus to urgently investigate Syrian planes that had crossed into international airspace, it has emerged.

The Ministry of Defence have confirmed that unidentified planes legally crossed into Cypriot skies from the east of the country last Monday.

It is understood the behaviour of the aircraft raised suspicions at RAF Akrotiri, less than 200 miles from Syria, prompting the rapid response.

The aircraft retreated before any action was taken.

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