Police kill prison escapee after manhunt

Jailbreak mastermind Marian Kola shot in firefight, police say

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Marian Kola, on the run since a group breakout from Trikala jail in March, dies after a firefight with police. Police are now searching for his accomplice, Ilir Kupa

Police at the scene of the shooting (Photo: Hellenic Police) Police at the scene of the shooting (Photo: Hellenic Police) An autopsy has revealed that Marian Kola, the Albanian mastermind of a daring prison escape who was shot dead by police after a four-month manhunt on Sunday, died from a heart injury after being shot in the back. 

Police said on Sunday they killed Kola after he and fellow escapee Ilir Kupa clashed with a police patrol near the village of Vrosina (see map), in Epirus in the northwest of the country, at about 4am.

The men were believed to be on route to Albania. Police suspect the men were hiding out in a house for about a fortnight. 

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According to a police statement, Kola and Kupa used AK-47 assault rifles and pistols and a police officer was wounded in the leg during the encounter. Police are still searching for Kupa.

Kola, Kupa and nine other prisoners, all of whom were from Albania, escaped from Trikala prison, in Thessaly. on March 22

Since then, in several clashes with police, three of the escapees and an outside accomplice were killed

Also killed were a police officer in June and a 25-year-old female bystander in April, who was fatally shot in Corinthia when a bullet fired by armed robbers at police who were pursuing them struck her car. The other escapees have been arrested.

Some of the escapees are also suspected of involvement in a subsequent bank robbery in Larisa in May.

Police video taken at at the scene of the shooting

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