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Gunman opens fire outside U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — A man armed with hand grenades and an automatic weapon opened fire outside the U.S. Embassy in Bosnia on Friday in what authorities called a terrorist attack. A policeman and the gunman were wounded.

Sarajevo Mayor Alija Behmen said the gunman "got off a tram with a Kalashnikov and started shooting at the American Embassy."

Witnesses told Bosnian television that the man urged pedestrians to move away, saying he was targeting only the embassy.

The gunman was wounded by police and taken to a hospital, authorities said. Hospital spokeswoman Biljana Jandric said the gunman had a minor wound to his leg.

State Prosecutor Dubravko Campara identified the shooter as Mevlid Jasarevic, from Novi Pazar, the administrative capital of the southern Serbian region of Sandzak, who was tried in Austria for robbery in 2005.

Campara said Jasarevic had crossed the Serbian border into Bosnia on Friday morning. He said Jasarevic had two hand grenades with him when he was arrested and is also currently under investigation by Serbian police, but did not detail why.

Serbian Interior Minister Ivica Dacic confirmed his identity and said he is 23 years old. Bosnian TV said Jasarevic is a follower of the conservative Wahhabi branch of Islam. The branch is rooted in Saudi Arabia and linked to religious militants in parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Gunman opens fire outside U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo 10/28/11 [Last modified: Friday, October 28, 2011 11:20pm]
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