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“Unacceptable, we expect full clarification,” says Greece on killing in Albania

“We are expecting the full clarification of the circumstances under which Greek citizen Konstantinos Katsifas lost his life,” the Greek Foreign Ministry said in  a statement on Sunday evening.

“That the incident ended in the loss of life is in any case unacceptable” the ministry said adding “we will take necessary action immediately” however without elaborating.

Albanian police shot and killed Kostantinos Katsifas, 35, during an alleged fire exchange with special police forces in the village Vouliarates (Bularat), 6 km from the Greek-Albanian border.

Prior to the killing, the man had allegedly fired against Albanian police officers when they attempted to bring down a Greek flag he had hoisted on the occasion of the Greek national holiday.

“Police forces called on Katsifas to surrender, but he did not answer the police called. He opened fire at policemen setting their life in danger,” an Albanian police statement said. He was shot with one bullet in the head and on in the chest.

The ministry said that in contact with Albanian counterparts, Greek authorities were closely following the incident in Vouliarates village where a Greek citizen allegedly opened fire with a Kalashnikov firearm against a police vehicle.

“We deeply regret the death of the Greek expatriate and our condolences to his family,” the ministry said.

 

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