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Albania earthquake: Nine arrested over deaths in collapsed buildings

Christian Fernsby |
Nine people have been arrested in Albania on suspicion of murder and abuse of power over the collapse of buildings in last month's earthquake.

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Two of those arrested on murder charges owned hotels that collapsed in the city of Durres, one of the areas worst hit.

Both hotels had been built illegally and one of them had also been irregularly legalised, police said. Illegal construction has been rife in Albania since the fall of communism in 1990.

The 6.4-magnitude quake left 51 dead.

The tremor, the strongest to hit the country in decades, struck in the early hours of the morning on 26 November as most people were asleep. More than 14,000 people were left homeless.

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