ALBANIAN SECURITY NEWS
Wanted Albanian Criminal Kills Five in Shootout
Tirana 08 August 2009
Dritan Dajti, police mug shotOne of Albania’s most wanted criminals, Dritan Dajti, killed five people in a shootout on Friday, including four police officers.
At least two others were wounded in the exchange of fire in the Albanian resort town of Durres. The shooting started as police moved in to arrest Dajti. Dajti was shot three times before being taken into custody. He had escaped from a Tirana court room in 2003 while standing trial for the murder of a businessman.
He has been named as a suspect in a series of murders and kidnappings. Local media reported that, after police called on Dajti to surrender, having identified him at around 2 pm on Durres beach, he opened fire killing the four officers and at least one passerby.
It is alleged that the suspected murder was notified at the last moment that the police were about to arrest him, precipitating the gunbattle. The shootout caused panic in the area which is popular with tourists from Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia.