Konstantinos Katsifas, born in Northern Epirus, had raised the Greek flag at a Greek cemetery in Vouliarates for those who lost their lives in the area fighting the Axis forces during WWII.
Albanian Police Kill Greek Who Raised Greece’s Flag in Northern Epirus after Allegedly He Fired at Them
A 35-year-old Greek, named Konstantinos Katsifas, was shot dead by the Albanian ”Rinea” special forces near the village Bularat (Vouliarates) in Albania’s northern Epirus region, 6 kilometers (4 miles) from the Greek-Albanian border.
According to Albania’s Top-channel portal, the 35-year-old used a Kalashnikov to shoot toward the Albanian police forces who removed the flag following the ”OXI Day” celebrations in the village.
According to a statement issued by the Albanian police, when Katsifas was found, he denied surrendering and started shooting toward the policemen, who, in return, shot him dead.
Konstantinos Katsifas was an ethnic Greek who was born in the village of Bularat but was currently living in the Greek capital of Athens, according to Associated Press.
Katsifas recently posted on his personal account on Facebook a picture of himself, calling ”all the Greeks of Northern Epirus to send a message in all directions during the celebrations of ‘OXI Day’ on October 28”.
The Albanian Police posted a picture of the cars that Katsifas allegedly shot during their efforts to arrest him, before he ran to escape in the nearby mountainous area.
The Greek Foreign Ministry, in a statement issued on Sunday evening, expressed its condemnation and stated that ”it is unacceptable that the operation led to the death of the Greek citizen” and demanded from the Albanian authorities to clarify the exact circumstances under which the fatal incident took place.