Wednesday 18 October 2017

Police raid village linked to 'terrorist'

AIDA CERKEZ

SPECIAL police units raided homes yesterday in a Bosnian village linked to the gunman who fired an automatic weapon at the US Embassy in Sarajevo in what authorities called a terrorist attack.

The raids came as 17 suspected associates of the shooter, all said to be members of the ultraconservative Wahhabi Muslim sect, were briefly detained in Serbia.

A convoy of police vehicles entered the isolated northern village of Gornja Maoca, known to be inhabited by many Wahhabis, and officers wearing black masks and camouflage uniforms surrounded several houses, according to an Associated Press video. The reporter saw security forces enter some homes before officers asked him to leave.

The gunman, identified by police as 23-year-old Mevlid Jasarevic, is accused of shooting at the embassy in Sarajevo for at least 30 minutes on Friday, wounding a policeman guarding the facility, before a police sniper immobilised him with a shot in his leg.

Both the gunman and the police officer were hospitalised but their wounds weren't considered to be life-threatening, authorities said.

The 17 people held in Serbia were later released after questioning.

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