Explosion concusses offices of Albania's biggest newspaper

An explosion shook the offices of Albania's largest daily newspaper causing damage but no injuries, the newspaper said Monday. A bomb detonated Sunday at 2020GMT outside the offices of Shekulli, which means Century in Albanian, the newspaper's editor-in-chief Robert Rakipllari said. About 15 staff members were working at the time, he said.

"We have had no conflict. We have had no threats. I'm sure this was some type of warning, but I can't explain it," Rakipllari told The Associated Press. "It was a great shake and the Internet stopped for a second because of the explosion," Rakipllari said.

Police were investigating. Prime Minister Sali Berisha called Rakipllari to ask about the blast. Journalists in post-communist Albania have often been targeted by politically motivated violence since the demise of the communist regime in 1990.

Earlier this month another Albanian journalist in southern Albania was beaten unconscious by unidentified people, reports the AP. I.L.

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