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Albania: Eleven Killed In Violence Across Country

Tirana, 16 June 1997 (RFE/RL) - Police say violence in Albania claimed the lives of 11 people over the past 24 hours.

Police said today that three of the victims were killed yesterday in the capital Tirana. Six others lost their lives in separate incidents in three towns in the south, northwest and north of Albania in what police said were settling of scores.

An exploding hand grenade killed one person and injured two children in another incident in northern Albania, while another death resulted when an armed gang fired on a car that refused to stop.

Albania has been wracked by widespread violence in recent months following an armed uprising against the government in March.

Hundreds of thousands of guns and other weapons were seized from army depots during the unrest in which some 1,500 people have died.