A security guard was killed in a shooting attack against the largest television network in Albanian early on Monday, with the country’s prime minister calling it “worrying” the assault to the media.
The 60-year-old guard, named Pal Kola, was in a booth in front of the headquarters of Top Channel in the capital tyrant when he was hit by a volley of gunfire from a passing jeep.
Police gave no possible motive for the attack, saying that “the investigation is ongoing”. But they said the attackers used a rifle kalashnikov.
The attack took place yesterday, Sunday, when the guard was warming up inside his cabin, located at the entrance of the building, which in turn is located in a suburb of the Albanian capital.
He SUV was found hours later on the shoulder, some 40 kilometers from the scene of the attack, where it had been set on fire.
The shots have caused fear among the contest participants big brother vipa program that is broadcast live on this channel.
The Prime Minister of the Balkan country, edi rama, has condemned this “criminal aggression against Top Channel” and demands “a clear response from law enforcement.” He also offered his condolences to the victim’s family and the channel’s staff and asked for “everyone’s solidarity at this worrying moment.”
The US embassy in Tirana condemned the shooting.
“We urge law enforcement to carry out a thorough investigation that will bring the perpetrators to justice,” the embassy stated.
The British embassy and the EU delegation in the country also condemned the act.
The Tirana Prosecutor’s Office has opened an investigation to clarify the circumstances of the event and identify the perpetrators, while the Police have raised Checkpoints on the roads surrounding the television headquarters.
Albanian was in his day sadly famous for the illegal arms trade. More than a million Kalashnikov rifles were stolen from military depots during a riot in the 1990s.
However, the mass shootings and violent attacks on journalists are rare in this poor Balkan nation.
(With information from AFP and EFE)
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