Albania police using extreme security for Israeli qualifier

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TIRANA, Albania (AP) Albanian police say they have taken extreme steps to secure the World Cup qualifier between Albania and Israel on Saturday.

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The venue was changed for “security reasons” from the northern city of Shkoder, near the border with Montenegro, to Elbasan, nearer to Tirana.

The Elbasan Arena was 55 kilometers (30 miles) south of Tirana.

The decision followed media reports that an alleged terror group of 15 persons, arrested in Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia, planned an attack during the match.

A statement on Friday said 2,000 police, many more than in other matches, would be involved around the match from Friday.

Fans will be thoroughly checked at the stadium, and drivers were advised to use another route between the capital and Elbasan because traffic will be limited.