Armed robbers in Albania hijacked 10 million euros from Austrian Airlines

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ALBANIA (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Armed robbers in Albania hijacked bags with 10 million euros from an Austrian airline, Austrian Airlines, reports Nova TV , citing law enforcement agencies.

At the time of the accident, the plane was preparing on Tuesday for departure to Vienna from Tirana’s International Airport named after Mother Teresa. Earlier it was reported that we are talking about several million euros.

“Four armed robbers in masks, dressed in military uniforms, first cut the wire fence and at high speed drove into the runway, approaching the plane, which passengers had already entered. Three of the attackers burst into the plane and threatened with bags 10 million euros, and then disappeared, “- quotes the TV channel Albanian police.

It is noted that the entire incident lasted 4 minutes, and there were 160 people on the plane. Some of the passengers decided that the exercises were taking place, others tried to prevent the robbers, but stopped under the threat of murder. It is noted that the attack took place shortly after the arrival of Albanian President Ilir Meta to the airport and during the visit to the country of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer.

The police immediately after receiving the signal began chasing the robbers and entered into a firefight with them. As a result, one of the criminals was killed. It turned out to be an Albanian citizen, Admir Murataj, who was accused by the Greek authorities in 2013 of an armed robbery and committed several robberies of collector vehicles in Albania.

On Wednesday, the director of the Albanian police, at the head of a large operational investigative team, conducted searches in the area of ​​the city of Durres, where a car allegedly used by robbers was found.

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