At least eight people were killed and thirteen wounded in an automatic weapons attack near the Serbian town of Mladenovac, 50 km south of Belgrade, on Thursday evening, May 4.
Public television RTS reported that the suspect opened fire on a group of people from a moving vehicle and fled. Police launched a massive “Tourbillon” manhunt to find him. Several police and ambulances have been dispatched to the scene, and helicopters are flying over the scene. Serbian Interior Minister Bratislav Kecic described the incident“act of terrorism”.
Concerned relatives gathered outside a Belgrade emergency medical center where at least eight of the injured were taken to hospital, N1 TV channel reported. Minister of Health Danica Krujic visited the center for a short time.
After another tragedy at a school in Belgrade, a 13-year-old boy was killed by a semi-automatic weapon on Wednesday, along with eight of his classmates – including a young woman of French nationality – and a guard. of the establishment. Following the unprecedented carnage that shocked the nation, classes in all schools began with a minute’s silence to pay tribute to the victims.
3rd largest firearms country in the world
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic lamented Wednesday “One of the toughest days in modern history” from the country. Three days of national mourning have been declared since Friday.
A total of 765,000 weapons are legally registered in this country of seven million people, including more than 232,000 handguns. The home ministry on Thursday announced house checks to check whether these weapons are kept as per rules.
According to a 2018 study by a Swiss NGO Small Arms Inspection Cited by N1 channel, Serbia is the third country in the world in circulation of firearms with 39 weapons per 100 citizens.
Serbian officials attribute this to the effects of various conflicts that rocked the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s.
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