Budapest Post

Cum Deo pro Patria et Libertate
Budapest, Europe and world news

8 Killed, 13 Injured In Serbia Shooting: Report

8 Killed, 13 Injured In Serbia Shooting: Report

A heavy police presence was deployed and numerous ambulances rushed to the scene, while helicopters were flying over the area.
At least eight people were killed and 13 injured in a drive-by shooting near Belgrade late Thursday, state-run media reported, a day after nine people were shot dead at an elementary school in the Serbian capital.

Near Mladenovac on Thursday, an attacker armed with an automatic weapon opened fire from a moving vehicle before fleeing, state-run RTS television reported. Police were searching for the attacker.

A heavy security presence was deployed while helicopters buzzed over the area, according to an AFP photographer on the scene.

Police had blocked the road leading to the villages of Malo Orasje and Dubona.

Worried relatives gathered outside the emergency medical centre in Belgrade where at least eight injured people were hospitalised, N1 television reported.

Health Minister Danica Grujicic briefly visited the centre.

Interior Minister Bratislav Gasic called the shooting a "terrorist act", RTS reported.

The Balkan nation is already reeling from a rare deadly school shooting on Wednesday, when a 13-year-old student killed eight peers and a security guard at the Vladislav Ribnikar elementary school in downtown Belgrade.

Another six students and a teacher were wounded in that incident, while health officials said two injured remain in critical condition.

While spring is normally a festive time in Serbia with people flocking outdoors, a three-day mourning period will begin on Friday.

'Difficult days'

Mass school shootings are extremely rare in Serbia and President Aleksandar Vucic called Wednesday's tragedy "one of the most difficult days" in recent history.

In a national address after the school shooting, Vucic proposed stricter gun control measures, including a two-year moratorium on issuing permits for firearms.

The Interior Ministry has appealed to all firearm owners to keep their guns locked in safes -- warning those who do not abide will have their weapons seized.

The Vladislav Ribnikar elementary school remained sealed off on Thursday, with police guarding the entrance to the building.

Hundreds continued to flock to the school to pay their respects, placing flowers, toys and candles at a makeshift memorial.

People in the Croatian capital Zagreb and the Bosnian Serb administrative capital Banja Luka also lit candles and laid flowers for the victims.

Masses for the victims were held in Belgrade churches while the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC), Patriarch Porfirije, called the shooting a "catastrophe, the likes of which has never happened in our nation and our homeland".

In the Mladenovac region, a villager killed 13 relatives and neighbours in an April 2013 shooting.
Newsletter

Related Articles

0:00
0:00
Close
Erdogan Challenges NATO Stance at 75th Anniversary Meeting
Hungary's Orban Shakes Up EU Leadership
German National Sentenced to Death in Belarus
Elon Musk's Companies Drop CrowdStrike After Global Windows 10 Outage
Trump Pledges to End Ukraine Conflict if Reelected
Global IT Outage Unveils Digital Vulnerabilities
US Criticizes International Court's Opinion on Israeli Occupation
EU’s Patronizing Attitude Towards Africa Revealed
Ukraine to Receive First One and a Half Billion Dollars of Seized Russian Funds
Netanyahu Denounces World Court Ruling on Israeli Occupation
Massive Flight Cancellations Across the U.S. Due to Microsoft Outage
Russia Accuses Ukraine of Using Chemical Weapons
Ursula von der Leyen Wins Second Term as European Commission President
Police Officer Injured in Attack in Central Paris
Record Heat Temperatures in Ukraine Amid Power Crisis
Japan to Allocate $3.3 Billion to Ukraine Using Frozen Russian Assets
EU Parliament Condemns Hungarian PM's Russia Visit
FBI Struggles to Find Motive Behind Trump Shooting Incident
Kremlin Criticizes EU Rejection of Orban’s Ukraine Peace Proposal
Russia's Electronic Warfare Neutralizes Western Weapons in Ukraine
Trump Challenges Biden to Debate and Golf Match
Macron Accuses Israeli Minister of Election Interference
US Senator Highlights Weaknesses in Western Military Industry During Ukraine Conflict
George Clooney Urges Biden to Withdraw from Presidential Race
Political Shift in the UK: A Detailed Analysis of Labour's Victory and Future Prospects
Viktor Orbán's Peace Mission: A Diplomatic Controversy in the EU
India Advocates Peace and Prosperity: PM Modi's Speech in Austria
New UK PM Keir Starmer Reaffirms Strong Support for Ukraine at NATO Summit
Spain PM Pedro Sanchez Denounces Double Standards on Gaza at NATO Summit
Sunita Williams Safe on ISS, to Address Earth on July 10
Biden Affirms Commitment To Presidential Race
France Faces Political Turmoil and Airport Strikes Ahead of Paris Olympics 2024
Putin Hosts PM Modi for a Private Meeting
Boeing Pleads Guilty Over 737 MAX Crashes
2024 Predicted to Be World's Hottest Year
White House Denies Biden Being Treated for Parkinson's Disease
Biden to Meet New UK Prime Minister Keir Starmer
Biden Insists on Continuing Presidential Race Amid Criticism
UK Defence Minister Pledges Enhanced Support to Ukraine
French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal Resigns After Election Setback
Macron Faces New Political Challenges Despite Election Relief
France's Far-Right Falls Short in Parliamentary Elections
Key Figures in France's Left-Wing New Popular Front Bloc
Voter Discontent in Recent UK and French Elections
EU Charges Meta with Breaching Antitrust Rules
French Elections: Battle to Thwart Far-Right Takeover
Belgrade Police Arrest Man with Crossbow Following Embassy Attack
Hunter Biden Sues Fox News Over 'Revenge Porn' Allegations
Far-Right Gains in French Legislative Elections Challenge Macron's Rule
Clashes and Arrests at German Far-Right AfD Congress
×