8 fatally shot in Serbia a day after deadly school shooting

Serbia (AP) — A shooter killed at least eight people and wounded 13 in a drive-by attack Thursday night in the second such mass killing in Serbia in two days, state television reported. Hundreds of police officers were searching for a 21-year-old suspect, who fled after the attack, according to the report. An AP team at the scene said the area was swarming with police as frightened residents ventured out of their homes in the early hours of the morning. 8 fatally shot in Serbia a day after deadly school shooting.

A man in the town of Dubona said he heard gunshots last night and left his house. “I felt the smell of gunpowder. I heard noise in the direction of the school. We saw people lying on the ground,” said the man, who declined to give his name because he was so shaken and said he feared for his safety.

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8 fatally shot in Serbia a day after deadly school shooting incident

The attacker randomly shot people in three villages near the town of Mladenovac, some 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of the capital, RTS reported early Friday. The shooting came a day after a 13-year-old boy used his father’s guns to kill eight classmates and a guard at a Belgrade school.


The bloodshed shocked a Balkan nation scarred by wars but unaccustomed to mass murder. Although Serbia is littered with weapons left over from the wars of the 1990s, Wednesday’s school shooting was the first in the country’s modern history. The last mass shooting before this week was in 2013, when a war veteran killed 13 people in a village in central Serbia.

Serbian Interior Minister Bratislav Gasic called Thursday’s drive-by shootings “a terrorist act,” state media reported. Hundreds of special police units and helicopters, as well as ambulances, were dispatched to the area, which has been cordoned off while police search for the attacker. No further details were immediately available and police did not issue a statement.

Early Thursday, Serbian students, many dressed in black and wearing flowers, filled the streets around the school in central Belgrade as they silently paid tribute to their slain classmates. Thousands laid flowers, lit candles and left toys to commemorate the nine victims.Read More……


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