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So in Albania the Number of Abandoned Bunkers is Kind of a Problem

So in Albania the Number of Abandoned Bunkers is Kind of a Problem

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Approximately 700,000 bunkers were built, varying from machine gun pillboxes, to a large underground hideout in the capitol of Tirana.

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