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December 7, 2022

Sarajevo gunman fires at US embassy

SARAJEVO – A gunman has fired shots at the US embassy in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, wounding at least one policeman guarding the building, the BBC said.

After a 30-minute standoff in the city centre, a police sniper wounded the man and he was arrested. Other reports said the sniper had been shot dead by the police. Bosnian TV reports identified him as Mevlid Jasarevic, a 23-year-old Serbian citizen from Novi Pazar, a town in Serbia with a large Muslim community. Reports said he was a member of the Islamic fundamentalist Wahhabi sect. “I firmly condemn the terrorist attack on the US embassy in Bosnia-Herzegovina,” said President Bakir Izetbegovic. The US embassy said the building was locked down when the shooting started and no one inside had been injured.

Meanwhile, Serbian police arrested 17 people on suspicion of links to the extremist who opened fire on the embassy in Sarajevo, Sky News Australia said. Bosnia’s public prosecutor Dubravko Campara said the probe would be conducted in cooperation with Serbian authorities and the US embassy in Sarajevo.

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