Security guards at the U.S. Embassy here shot and killed an Albanian policeman who scaled the wall of the U.S. diplomatic compound Sunday, the Interior Ministry said.
The motive of the break-in was not immediately known. U.S. officials indicated that the shooting appeared unrelated to recent reports of a possible terrorist attack against U.S. facilities in Albania.
"We have reason to believe that this was an isolated incident of a particular person, although we are concerned about threats at all our embassies, and Tirana is clearly one of them," Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright told ABC-TV when asked about the incident.
The shooting came a week after 120 heavily armed Marines tightened security at the American diplomatic compound here. Officials had received evidence of a plan to attack the mission.
The Interior Ministry, in an official statement, said the policeman climbed the wall of the embassy about 11:45 a.m. local time. Albanian police outside the embassy started shooting in the air to force him out, and, after he fired back, security officers shot him.