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January 10, 1988
Opponents of Albania's regime led by strongman Ramiz Alia blew up a bridge near the southern city of Ballsh in the first reported anti-government violence in 24 years, emigre sources in Athens said. The emigres said the bridge's destruction represents a protest over shortages of basic food, including bread and corn, and Alia's hard-line rule. Western diplomats who recently visited the capital, Tirana, said southern Albania is suffering severe food shortages.
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May 1, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
Impoverished villagers stripping bronze casings from mortar shells stored in caverns sparked a huge explosion and fire that killed at least 22 people. The dead were from Selishte, a remote village 20 miles northeast of Tirana, the capital. No one knows exactly what set off the blast. A guard who reported being chased from his post by the looters said there was at least a foot of gunpowder from emptied mortar shells on the tunnel floor. "The explosion was an earthquake," he said.
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May 1, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
Impoverished villagers stripping bronze casings from mortar shells stored in caverns sparked a huge explosion and fire that killed at least 22 people. The dead were from Selishte, a remote village 20 miles northeast of Tirana, the capital. No one knows exactly what set off the blast. A guard who reported being chased from his post by the looters said there was at least a foot of gunpowder from emptied mortar shells on the tunnel floor. "The explosion was an earthquake," he said.
NEWS
January 10, 1988
Opponents of Albania's regime led by strongman Ramiz Alia blew up a bridge near the southern city of Ballsh in the first reported anti-government violence in 24 years, emigre sources in Athens said. The emigres said the bridge's destruction represents a protest over shortages of basic food, including bread and corn, and Alia's hard-line rule. Western diplomats who recently visited the capital, Tirana, said southern Albania is suffering severe food shortages.
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