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Military Hospital Attacked

Mon., May 26, 1997

Members of a special police force attacked a Tirana military hospital with armored vehicles Sunday to avenge the death of a colleague who had died at the facility, witnesses said. Two staff members were injured.

Scores of men rampaged through the hospital after arriving in two armored personnel carriers, hospital staff members said. During the melee, the men condemned the staff for its alleged neglect, staffers said.

Two men were injured in the assault, including the deputy director of the hospital, the defense ministry said.

The attack came two days after five policemen were killed during clashes with residents in the central Albanian town of Cerrik.

A sixth man died from head wounds after he and 15 other injured policemen were admitted to the military hospital for treatment, said a doctor at the hospital who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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