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Suicide at Greece's Acropolis

2009-11-10 16:40

Athens - A man died after jumping off Greece's Acropolis, a major tourist attraction visited by millions of people every year, police said on Tuesday.

Tourists witnessed the man's plunge, police said, adding he was not Greek and believed to be in his late twenties.

"Witnesses said he ran and jumped off the Acropolis hill killing himself," a police official said.

"We believe it is a suicide but we are still investigating."

Police said it was a rare case but not the first time someone had jumped off the 150m-high flat-topped rock on top of which stands the fifth century BC Parthenon temple built in the Golden Age of Athens.