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Newsline: Closed Iranian embassy in Albania searched

Albanian counter-terrorism police searched the empty Iranian embassy in Tirana on Thursday, hours after Iranian diplomats burned papers inside the premises following the severing of diplomatic ties over a cyberattack. The police, wearing masks and helmets and carrying automatic rifles, entered the building – situated just 200 metres from Rama’s office – after two cars with diplomatic plates had left, a Reuters reporter saw. Thirty minutes later, the police were still inside. The same reporter earlier saw a man inside the embassy throwing papers into a rusty barrel, with flames illuminating the walls of the three-story building. (https://news.yahoo.com/iranian-diplomats-burn-documents-hours-045305764.html) Albania cut diplomatic relations with Iran on Wednesday, when Prime Minister Edi Rama blamed the cyberattack, which took place in July, on the Islamic Republic, and gave its diplomats 24 hours to close the embassy and leave the country.

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