Source: China State Council Information Office
Two Albanian brothers wanted for organizing and participating in an armed robbery at Tirana International Airport in April 2019 were arrested in a police operation, Albanian State Police said in a statement on Thursday.
According to the statement, a mega operation involving 300 police officers made possible the capture of Klement and Eldi Cala, considered by the police as of high social risk in the field of armed robbery.
The operation was carried out by the Albanian State Police in coordination with the local police in the cities of Durres, Tirana and Elbasan.
Klement Cala, aged 32 and his brother Eldi Cala, aged 35, were found in a rented villa in Qerret area in central Albania.
During the operation, police seized firearms, vehicles and over 130,000 euros (138,522 U.S. dollars) in cash.
Albanian Interior Minister Sander Lleshaj called the police operation “a major success in the fight against organized crime.”
The two arrested were on the run for about one year for organizing and participating in the heist of 4.6 million euros at the only international airport in Albania.
On April 9, 2019, a group of heavily-armed men stole the large sum of cash which was loaded onto an Austrian Airline plane.
During the heist, one of the robbers, identified as Admir Murataj, was shot dead in an exchange of gunfire with the police, but the cash was not recovered. (1 euro = 1.07 U.S. dollars)