4 folks have been arrested and 40 questioned following a daring, multimillion-euro daylight heist on the runway at Tirana airport, through which one gang member was killed throughout a shootout with Albanian police.
An armed gang wearing navy fatigues stormed the runway at Tirana’s Mom Teresa Airport Tuesday and threatened baggage handlers earlier than partaking in a firefight and subsequent high-speed chase with police. One gunman, recognized as Admir Murataj, died in the course of the alternate. He had been a needed man since a 2013 jail break in Greece.
Preliminary studies counsel €2.5 million ($2.eight million) was stolen however native media are claiming the determine might be as excessive as €10 million ($11mn). The cash was as a result of be shipped through the Austria Airways airplane to Vienna as Albania’s central financial institution doesn’t settle for such giant laborious foreign money deposits from international banks working within the nation.
Police reportedly discovered the burned-out stays of three autos used within the heist at three separate places. Whereas passengers have been on board the plane on the time of the theft, no accidents have been reported and the airplane finally took off after a three-hour delay.
“Boarding had simply taken place. There was by no means any hazard for crew and passengers,” Austrian Airways spokesperson Tanja Gruber stated in a press release.
Protection minister Olta Xhacka ordered a police and navy safety perimeter established across the airport whereas investigations are carried out, saying her authorities might “now not permit the safety of residents and the nation’s picture to undergo” as a result of “persistent irresponsibility” within the airport’s safety.
Hong Kong-based China Everbright runs the airport and has acquired criticism from Albanian MPs together with Inside minister Sander Lleshaj who stated that “safety mechanisms, that are beneath the concessionary’s accountability, haven’t functioned.”
“The airport doesn’t belong to the Chinese language. It belongs to all Albanians, it’s a part of Albania’s territory and by regulation it’s protected by the state police,” China Everbright stated in a press release
As a precautionary measure, money transfers of this type have been suspended between Tirana and Vienna in the interim.
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