Gunman Opens Fire Outside Bosnia's US Embassy

Man arrested; two police wounded
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Oct 28, 2011 1:02 PM CDT
A Bosnian police unit deploys to the spot after an unidentified gunman opened fire at the US embassy in Sarajevo, Friday, Oct. 28, 2011.   (AP Photo/Amel Emric)
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(Newser) – A gunman using an automatic weapon opened fire near the US embassy in Sarajevo before he was arrested, police say. The suspected radical Islamist shooter was wounded and treated before being hospitalized, a police official told local TV. Two police officers were wounded in the operation, “one in the leg and one in the head,” national radio said. No embassy workers were hurt.

The man, whom TV reports identified as Mevlid Jasarevic, was reported to be a member of the conservative Wahhabi branch of Islam, AFP notes. One of Bosnia’s three presidents, Bakir Izetbegovic, condemned “the terrorist attack,” the AP reports. “The United States is a proven friend of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Its government and its people supported us in the most difficult moments in our history and nobody has the right to jeopardize our relations.”

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