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Nikos Maziotis lays wounded on a sidewalk, surrounded by police after a shootout at the tourist area of Monastiraki in central Athens on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Greek police arrested one of the country's most wanted men — a fugitive convicted of terrorism — during a shootout Wednesday in Athens' central tourist district that left four people wounded, authorities said. Maziotis who has been on the run along with his wife Panagiota Roupa since 2012 following their release from jail after serving the maximum 18 months in pre-trial detention. (AP Photo/InTime News, Giannis Liakos) GREECE OUT
Nikos Maziotis lays wounded on a sidewalk, with a wig on the left, after a shootout at the tourist area of Monastiraki in central Athens on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Greek police arrested one of the country's most wanted men, a fugitive convicted of terrorism, during a shootout Wednesday in Athens' central tourist district that left four people wounded, authorities said. Maziotis who has been on the run along with his wife Panagiota Roupa since 2012 following their release from jail after serving the maximum 18 months in pre-trial detention. (AP Photo/InTime News, Giannis Liakos) GREECE OUT
A policeman runs to the scene where Nikos Maziotis was arrested after a shootout at the tourist area of Monastiraki in central Athens on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Greek police arrested one of the country's most wanted men — a fugitive convicted of terrorism — during a shootout Wednesday in Athens' central tourist district that left four people wounded, authorities said. Maziotis who has been on the run along with his wife Panagiota Roupa since 2012 following their release from jail after serving the maximum 18 months in pre-trial detention. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
ATHENS, GREECE - JULY 16: Policemen guard a crime scene following a shootout with wanted terrorist Nikos Maziotis in the tourist area of Monastiraki on July 16, 2014 in Athens, Greece. Greek police arrested Maziotis one of the country's most wanted fugitives, who was awaiting trial for his participation in the terrorist group Popular Struggle, now known as Group of Popular Fighters. The shootout in Athens' central tourist district left a police officer and a German and an Australia tourist wounded. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)
Policemen cover from the rain, a bag used by Nikos Maziotis after a shootout at the tourist area of Monastiraki in central Athens on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Greek police arrested one of the country's most wanted men — a fugitive convicted of terrorism — during a shootout Wednesday in Athens' central tourist district that left four people wounded, authorities said. Maziotis who has been on the run along with his wife Panagiota Roupa since 2012 following their release from jail after serving the maximum 18 months in pre-trial detention. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Paramedics carry, an injured Australian tourist, to the ambulance after a shootout at the tourist area of Monastiraki in central Athens on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Greek police arrested one of the country's most wanted men — a fugitive convicted of terrorism — during a shootout Wednesday in Athens' central tourist district that left four people wounded, authorities said. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
A police officer looks on as Police investigates on July 16, 2014 in a restaurant in central Athens where two tourists were slightly injured during the shootout which led to the arrest of the leading member of the defunct militant outfit Revolutionary Struggle. Greek police on July 16 said they had captured far-left extremist Nikos Maziotis -- one of the country's top fugitives -- after a shootout in central Athens.'Nikos Maziotis has been arrested,' a police source said, adding that a police officer had been injured in the shooting near the tourist district of Monastiraki. According to early reports, two male tourists -- a German and an Australian -- were also lightly hurt in the exchange of fire, the police source said. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GREECE - JULY 16: A policeman stands next to a bag used by Nikos Maziotis at the scene where Maziotis was wounded and arrested following a shootout with police in the tourist area of Monastiraki on July 16, 2014 in Athens, Greece. Greek police arrested Maziotis one of the country's most wanted fugitives, who was awaiting trial for his participation in the terrorist group Popular Struggle, now known as Group of Popular Fighters. The shootout in Athens' central tourist district left a police officer and a German and an Australia tourist wounded. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)
Paramedics carry, an injured Australian tourist, to the ambulance after a shootout at the tourist area of Monastiraki in central Athens on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Greek police arrested one of the country's most wanted men — a fugitive convicted of terrorism — during a shootout Wednesday in Athens' central tourist district that left four people wounded, authorities said. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
ATHENS, GREECE - JULY 16: Policemen guard a crime scene following a shootout with wanted terrorist Nikos Maziotis in the tourist area of Monastiraki on July 16, 2014 in Athens, Greece. Greek police arrested Maziotis one of the country's most wanted fugitives, who was awaiting trial for his participation in the terrorist group Popular Struggle, now known as Group of Popular Fighters. The shootout in Athens' central tourist district left a police officer and a German and an Australia tourist wounded. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GREECE - JULY 16: Policemen guard a crime scene following a shootout with wanted terrorist Nikos Maziotis in the tourist area of Monastiraki on July 16, 2014 in Athens, Greece. Greek police arrested Maziotis one of the country's most wanted fugitives, who was awaiting trial for his participation in the terrorist group Popular Struggle, now known as Group of Popular Fighters. The shootout in Athens' central tourist district left a police officer and a German and an Australia tourist wounded. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GREECE - JULY 16: Anti-terrorism police officers search the scene where Nikos Maziotis was wounded and arrested after a shootout at the tourist area of Monastiraki on July 16, 2014 in Athens, Greece. Greek police arrested Maziotis one of the country's most wanted fugitives, who was awaiting trial for his participation in the terrorist group Popular Struggle, now known as Group of Popular Fighters. The shootout in Athens' central tourist district left a police officer and a German and an Australia tourist wounded. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GREECE - JULY 16: Policemen guard a crime scene following a shootout with wanted terrorist Nikos Maziotis in the tourist area of Monastiraki on July 16, 2014 in Athens, Greece. Greek police arrested Maziotis one of the country's most wanted fugitives, who was awaiting trial for his participation in the terrorist group Popular Struggle, now known as Group of Popular Fighters. The shootout in Athens' central tourist district left a police officer and a German and an Australia tourist wounded. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GREECE - JULY 16: Policemen guard a crime scene following a shootout with wanted terrorist Nikos Maziotis in the tourist area of Monastiraki on July 16, 2014 in Athens, Greece. Greek police arrested Maziotis one of the country's most wanted fugitives, who was awaiting trial for his participation in the terrorist group Popular Struggle, now known as Group of Popular Fighters. The shootout in Athens' central tourist district left a police officer and a German and an Australia tourist wounded. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GREECE - JULY 16: Policemen guard a crime scene following a shootout with wanted terrorist Nikos Maziotis in the tourist area of Monastiraki on July 16, 2014 in Athens, Greece. Greek police arrested Maziotis one of the country's most wanted fugitives, who was awaiting trial for his participation in the terrorist group Popular Struggle, now known as Group of Popular Fighters. The shootout in Athens' central tourist district left a police officer and a German and an Australia tourist wounded. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GREECE - JULY 16: Anti-terrorism police officers search the scene where Nikos Maziotis was wounded and arrested after a shootout at the tourist area of Monastiraki on July 16, 2014 in Athens, Greece. Greek police arrested Maziotis one of the country's most wanted fugitives, who was awaiting trial for his participation in the terrorist group Popular Struggle, now known as Group of Popular Fighters. The shootout in Athens' central tourist district left a police officer and a German and an Australia tourist wounded. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GREECE - JULY 16: Anti-terrorism police officers search the scene where Nikos Maziotis was wounded and arrested after a shootout at the tourist area of Monastiraki on July 16, 2014 in Athens, Greece. Greek police arrested Maziotis one of the country's most wanted fugitives, who was awaiting trial for his participation in the terrorist group Popular Struggle, now known as Group of Popular Fighters. The shootout in Athens' central tourist district left a police officer and a German and an Australia tourist wounded. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GREECE - JULY 16: Policemen guard a crime scene following a shootout with wanted terrorist Nikos Maziotis in the tourist area of Monastiraki on July 16, 2014 in Athens, Greece. Greek police arrested Maziotis one of the country's most wanted fugitives, who was awaiting trial for his participation in the terrorist group Popular Struggle, now known as Group of Popular Fighters. The shootout in Athens' central tourist district left a police officer and a German and an Australia tourist wounded. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GREECE - JULY 16: Policemen guard a crime scene following a shootout with wanted terrorist Nikos Maziotis in the tourist area of Monastiraki on July 16, 2014 in Athens, Greece. Greek police arrested Maziotis one of the country's most wanted fugitives, who was awaiting trial for his participation in the terrorist group Popular Struggle, now known as Group of Popular Fighters. The shootout in Athens' central tourist district left a police officer and a German and an Australia tourist wounded. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)
Police officers collect evidence and take photos of a wig on July 16, 2014 after a shooting in the Monastiraki area of Athens. Greek police said on July 16 they had captured far-left extremist Nikos Maziotis -- one of the country's top fugitives -- after a shootout in central Athens. 'Nikos Maziotis has been arrested,' a police source said, adding that a police officer had been injured in the shooting near the tourist district of Monastiraki. Maziotis and his companion Panagiota Roupa -- both leading members of defunct militant outfit Revolutionary Struggle -- had been conditionally released from prison in 2012 and subsequently disappeared. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A police officer gestures as Police investigates on July 16, 2014 in a restaurant in central Athens where two tourists were slightly injured during the shootout which led to the arrest of the leading member of the defunct militant outfit Revolutionary Struggle. Greek police on July 16 said they had captured far-left extremist Nikos Maziotis -- one of the country's top fugitives -- after a shootout in central Athens.'Nikos Maziotis has been arrested,' a police source said, adding that a police officer had been injured in the shooting near the tourist district of Monastiraki. According to early reports, two male tourists -- a German and an Australian -- were also lightly hurt in the exchange of fire, the police source said. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers guard as Police investigates on July 16, 2014 in a restaurant in central Athens where two tourists were slightly injured during the shootout which led to the arrest of the leading member of the defunct militant outfit Revolutionary Struggle. Greek police on July 16 said they had captured far-left extremist Nikos Maziotis -- one of the country's top fugitives -- after a shootout in central Athens.'Nikos Maziotis has been arrested,' a police source said, adding that a police officer had been injured in the shooting near the tourist district of Monastiraki. According to early reports, two male tourists -- a German and an Australian -- were also lightly hurt in the exchange of fire, the police source said. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers investigate on July 16, 2014 in a restaurant in central Athens where two tourists were slightly injured during the shootout which led to the arrest of the leading member of the defunct militant outfit Revolutionary Struggle. Greek police on July 16 said they had captured far-left extremist Nikos Maziotis -- one of the country's top fugitives -- after a shootout in central Athens.'Nikos Maziotis has been arrested,' a police source said, adding that a police officer had been injured in the shooting near the tourist district of Monastiraki. According to early reports, two male tourists -- a German and an Australian -- were also lightly hurt in the exchange of fire, the police source said. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers guard as Police investigates on July 16, 2014 in a restaurant in central Athens where two tourists were slightly injured during the shootout which led to the arrest of the leading member of the defunct militant outfit Revolutionary Struggle. Greek police on July 16 said they had captured far-left extremist Nikos Maziotis -- one of the country's top fugitives -- after a shootout in central Athens.'Nikos Maziotis has been arrested,' a police source said, adding that a police officer had been injured in the shooting near the tourist district of Monastiraki. According to early reports, two male tourists -- a German and an Australian -- were also lightly hurt in the exchange of fire, the police source said. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A policeman stands next to a bag used by Nikos Maziotis after a shootout at the tourist area of Monastiraki in central Athens on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Greek police arrested one of the country's most wanted men — a fugitive convicted of terrorism — during a shootout Wednesday in Athens' central tourist district that left four people wounded, authorities said. Maziotis who has been on the run along with his wife Panagiota Roupa since 2012 following their release from jail after serving the maximum 18 months in pre-trial detention. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
An ambulance drives away with Nikos Maziotis after a shootout at the tourist area of Monastiraki in central Athens on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Greek police arrested one of the country's most wanted men — a fugitive convicted of terrorism — during a shootout Wednesday in Athens' central tourist district that left four people wounded, authorities said. Maziotis who has been on the run along with his wife Panagiota Roupa since 2012 following their release from jail after serving the maximum 18 months in pre-trial detention. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
A policeman speaks with a tourist at the scene where an Australian tourist was wounded after a shootout in the tourist area of Monastiraki in central Athens on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Greek police arrested one of the country's most wanted men — a fugitive convicted of terrorism — during a shootout Wednesday in Athens' central tourist district that left four people wounded, authorities said. Maziotis who has been on the run along with his wife Panagiota Roupa since 2012 following their release from jail after serving the maximum 18 months in pre-trial detention. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Policemen guard the scene where an Australian tourist was wounded after a shootout in the tourist area of Monastiraki in central Athens on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Greek police arrested one of the country's most wanted men — a fugitive convicted of terrorism — during a shootout Wednesday in Athens' central tourist district that left four people wounded, authorities said. Maziotis who has been on the run along with his wife Panagiota Roupa since 2012 following their release from jail after serving the maximum 18 months in pre-trial detention. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Anti-terrorism police officers search the scene where Nikos Maziotis wounded and arrested after a shootout at the tourist area of Monastiraki in central Athens on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Greek police arrested one of the country's most wanted men — a fugitive convicted of terrorism — during a shootout Wednesday in Athens' central tourist district that left four people wounded, authorities said. Maziotis who has been on the run along with his wife Panagiota Roupa since 2012 following their release from jail after serving the maximum 18 months in pre-trial detention. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Anti-terrorism police officers search the scene where Nikos Maziotis was wounded and arrested after a shootout at the tourist area of Monastiraki in central Athens on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Greek police arrested one of the country's most wanted men — a fugitive convicted of terrorism — during a shootout Wednesday in Athens' central tourist district that left four people wounded, authorities said. Maziotis who has been on the run along with his wife Panagiota Roupa since 2012 following their release from jail after serving the maximum 18 months in pre-trial detention. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
People sit at Monastiraki Square in central Athens, Sunday, July 6, 2014. The area is a popular tourist attraction for many visitors. Tourist arrivals in Greece are expected to increase by 20 percent compared to last year. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
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ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greek police arrested one of the country's most wanted men - a fugitive convicted of terrorism - during a shootout Wednesday in Athens' central tourist district that left four people wounded, authorities said.

Police said the wounded included two tourists from Australia and Germany, a police officer and the fugitive, Nikos Maziotis. The 43-year-old has been on the run along with his wife Panagiota Roupa since June 2012 following their release from jail in 2011 after serving the maximum 18 months in pre-trial detention.

Maziotis and Roupa were convicted in absentia last year and sentenced to 25 years for participation in Revolutionary Struggle, a group active between 2003 and 2009 and best known for firing a rocket-propelled grenade into the U.S. Embassy and bombing the Athens Stock Exchange. Neither of those attacks caused injuries.

In January, authorities announced a 1 million-euro ($1.3 million) reward for information leading to each of the couple's arrest. Roupa is still at large.

Wednesday's shootout began near the crowded Monastiraki area, near the city's main Syntagma Square and historic Plaka district.

Police Chief Dimitris Tsaknakis said Maziotis fired eight times from a handgun while being pursued and was fired upon and hit once in the left shoulder by police.

"He tried to obscure his appearance ... and was wearing a wig. The anti-terrorism police requested that officers in the area check his identity," he said.

Tsaknakis said Maziotis was using a false identity, and had been implicated in two bank robberies since his disappearance. But he refused to say whether police believed he had an accomplice in Wednesday's shooting.

Maziotis received surgery for his gunshot wound at a state hospital in central Athens hospital under heavy police guard. Police were searching for suspected accomplices, and for where he might have been staying in Athens.

Photographs from the scene of the shooting showed the suspect lying in a pool of blood on a sidewalk, his hands handcuffed behind his back, before he was taken in a police-escorted ambulance to a nearby hospital.

Police said the others wounded were a police officer and two bystanders, both foreign tourists - an Australian man hospitalized with a leg wound, and a German man with minor wounds who was discharged from a hospital shortly after the shooting.

"The whole thing lasted about half an hour. We saw a lot of police running through the streets and later we heard the shots," souvenir store employee Makis Tourounias said.

"There wasn't much panic. Store owners and police were telling people to come indoors. But not everyone realized what was going on."

Public Order Minister Vassilis Kikilias called Wednesday's arrested "an important success" that would have "multiple benefits for Greek society."

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