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09 Apr 2019 | 05:26 PM UTC

Albania: Robbery reported at Tirana International Airport April 9

Albania News Alert

Armed man illegally access tarmac at Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza (TIA) April 9 in suspected robbery; at least one assailant killed in subsequent shootout

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/9/2019, 12:00 AM until 4/9/2019, 11:59 PM (Europe/Tirane). COUNTRY/REGION Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza (TIA), Albania

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Armed men reportedly broke through security barriers at Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza (TIA) on Tuesday, April 9, in what police described as a cash heist. Unconfirmed reports claim the gunmen broke through a fire entrance at the airport and held up an aircraft transporting cash destined for Vienna (Austria), before fleeing. It is not immediately clear if the gunmen targeted the aircraft or a van transporting the cash. 

Police reportedly shot and killed one assailant during a subsequent chase on a secondary road; the suspect was found with an assault rifle, ammunition, and grenades. At least three other gunmen are still at large. Flight disruptions are possible as a result of the incident. 


Thieves have targeted multiple flights transferring cash at Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza (TIA) in recent years; gunmen stole EUR 3.2 million in a similar robbery in February 2017, as well as nearly EUR 1 million in June 2016 in a separate incident.


Individuals traveling via TIA are advised to monitor the situation and report any suspicious objects or behavior to local authorities. 


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