Eight Arrested Over Albania ‘Cannabis Kingdom’ Shootout

Police arrested eight people overnight Saturday in connection with a deadly shootout in an Albanian village known as a “cannabis kingdom” for its industrial-scale production of the drug.

On Wednesday more than 400 policemen, supported by army helicopters, surrounded the southern village of Lazarat where an armed group — firing from machine guns and anti-tank rockets — had entrenched itself.

Those arrested include two brothers suspected of being directly involved in the shooting, in which one police officer was killed and two others seriously wounded, police spokeswoman Enrjeta Camani told AFP.

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