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FBI probes Albania’s blast
TIRANA, March 23 – Six experts from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrived in Albania Wednesday to help the local prosecutor’s office in the investigation of the blast at the Gerdec disposal factory which killed some 22 persons and injured more than 300. Prosecutor General Ina Rama had made a request for assistance to the U.S. ambassador in Tirana. She received an official response that the FBI would come to Albania to help in the investigation. The FBI experts will help to identify the corpses and also analyze the blast location and to compile a criminal report about the incident, according to a statement.
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