Saturday, October 29, 2011

Islamist fires at U.S. Embassy, wounded, arrested

SARAJEVO, CHICAGO - A person suspected of being a member of a radical Islamist group was wounded and arested after opening fire at the U.S. embassy in Sarajevo Friday.

The attacker at the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo, where a police officer was also wounded, was Mevlid Jasarevic (23) from the southern Serbian city of Novi Pazar, Serbian Minister of the Interior Ivica Dacic told Tanjug Friday.

Dacic said he had been informed about the attacker's identity by his colleague from Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) Sadik Ahmetovic.

The Serbian interior minister said BiH was still investigating whether Jasarevic had acted alone.

Jasarevic is a member of the Wahhabi branch of Islam, Dacic said.

Jasarevic was also arrested during the last visit by U.S. Ambassador to Serbia Mary Warlick to Novi Pazar, as the security found a knife in the man's possession.

"The terrorist act in Sarajevo is yet another proof how dangerous radical Islamist groups can be and that police and security services around the world should all work together to fight the threat," Dacic said.

He added that the Serbian Interior Ministry and police would give their maximum contribution in the fight against terrorism, the biggest universal evil in present times, said Dacic.

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