Albania tightens security at airport after armed theft

Regular police and military police are parked outside Mother Teresa Tirana International Airport on Thursday, April 11, 2019. The Albanian Defense Ministry on Wednesday sent in the military to secure the country's only international airport after heavily armed men stole a large sum of cash as it was loaded onto a passenger plane. One robber was shot dead by police but the others escaped with the money, reported by Albanian media to be as much as 10 million euros ($11.3 million). (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)
Military police guard outside Mother Teresa Tirana International Airport on Thursday, April 11, 2019. The Albanian Defense Ministry on Wednesday sent in the military to secure the country's only international airport after heavily armed men stole a large sum of cash as it was loaded onto a passenger plane. One robber was shot dead by police but the others escaped with the money, reported by Albanian media to be as much as 10 million euros ($11.3 million). (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)
Military police guard outside Mother Teresa Tirana International Airport on Thursday, April 11, 2019. The Albanian Defense Ministry on Wednesday sent in the military to secure the country's only international airport after heavily armed men stole a large sum of cash as it was loaded onto a passenger plane. One robber was shot dead by police but the others escaped with the money, reported by Albanian media to be as much as 10 million euros ($11.3 million). (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)
Policemen patrol the Mother Teresa Tirana International Airport on Thursday, April 11, 2019. The Albanian Defense Ministry on Wednesday sent in the military to secure the country's only international airport after heavily armed men stole a large sum of cash as it was loaded onto a passenger plane. One robber was shot dead by police but the others escaped with the money, reported by Albanian media to be as much as 10 million euros ($11.3 million). (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

TIRANA, Albania — Military police have been sent to Albania's only international airport to boost safety after heavily armed men stole a large sum of cash while it was being loaded onto a passenger plane.

Two armored military police vehicles were seen Thursday driving around the airport. Defense Minister Olta Xhacka noted that about half of the airport's area belongs to the military.

Regular police were present inside the airport. The Interior Minister Sander Lleshaj assured passengers that they were guaranteeing "maximum security" at the airport.

The thieves took the cash as it was loaded onto an Austrian Airlines plane on Tuesday afternoon. One robber was shot dead in an exchange of fire with police, but the cash was not recovered.

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