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Attack on Israel national team prevented, Kosovo police say

Albania dug themselves in a hole with two red cards and Israel capitalised with a 3-0 victory.

Kosovo police said on Thursday they prevented simultaneous attacks by the Islamic State group, including on the Israel national team that played a World Cup qualifier in neighboring Albania.

A police statement said plans were in place to attack Saturday's match in Albania, and at the same time attack another target in Kosovo. Nineteen people were detained in Kosovo on Nov. 4, of whom one has since been released, police there said. Albania and Macedonia announced six more people detained.

The Kosovo...

Albania police using extreme security for Israeli qualifier

Albania play Israel in World Cup qualifying on Saturday.

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

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 kilometres 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...

Albania's World Cup qualifier against Israel moved for 'security reasons'

Albania fans will have to watch their team in Elbasan instead of Shkoder.

TIRANA, Albania -- The Albanian football federation says the venue for the country's World Cup qualifying match against Israel has been changed for "security reasons."

Saturday's match had been scheduled to be held at the Loro Borici Stadium in Shkoder, 120 kilometres north of the capital, Tirana. It has been changed to the Elbasan Arena, 55 kilometres south of Tirana in Elbasan.

Federation spokesman Tritan Kokona declined to comment on the reason for the change.

The decision follows media reports...