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Albanian Man Connected To 2017 Jewellery Heist Believed To Be Sliema Double Murder Suspect

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The man arrested in connection to the Sliema double murder in a Floriana raid earlier today is believed to be Daniel Muka, an Albanian national with a history of crime.

According to One News, police sources confirmed that the 25-year-old is the main suspect. 

He was arrested earlier today following a police raid at a Floriana hideout on Pjazza Robert Sammut.

Muka has a known criminal history, and is one of two brothers linked to a 2017 violent hold up at Diamonds International in Sliema, where €330,000 worth of jewellery was stolen and several officers were seriously injured. His brother, 29-year-old Begtash Muka, has also previously been charged with entering restricted airport grounds whilst armed in 2018.

Police Commissioner Gafa’ said Muka was already under police surveillance after breaching his bail conditions. 

An unidentified Maltese man was also reportedly detained and is believed to be an accomplice to Muka.

A potential murder weapon was also discovered at the Floriana hideout but will undergo forensic testing.

The development comes one week after Pandolfino and Maciejowski were shot dead in their Sliema resident on Locker Street. Less than a week from that tragic night, police discovered the white, stolen getaway vehicle in the parking lot of St. Luke’s Hospital, with a professional frequency-disrupting device, two heavy-duty guns and several stolen items from the murder scene.

Police now believe theft to be a potential motive behind the crime.

Investigations are ongoing, while the two other suspects caught on CCTV escaping the murder scene are still at large.

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