Serbian man kills five, injures 22, in
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[July 02, 2016]
BELGRADE (Reuters) - Five people
were killed and another 22 were wounded early on Saturday when a man
entered a cafe in northern Serbia and opened fire with an assault rifle,
Police arrested the suspect, a man in his late 30s identified only
as Z.S., immediately after the shooting during a local festival in
the village of Zitiste, around 80 kilometers north of Belgrade.
Nebojsa Stefanovic, the interior minister, told Belgrade's B92 TV
that Z.S. killed his estranged wife and a another woman, before
firing at others in the cafe with an assault rifle he illegally
"Jealousy could be a motive," he said. "He was a quiet man; he had
no criminal record."
Gordana Kozlovacki, the director of the hospital in the nearby town
of Zrenjanin, said 22 people were treated after the shooting. Seven
remained in a serious condition.
Serbia and most of the western Balkans are awash with hundreds of
thousands of illegal weapons following wars and unrest in the 1990s.
In a bid to reduce the number, Serbian police on Friday offered an
amnesty over surrendering or registering illegal weapons until
Saturday's killings follow a number of mass shootings in Serbia in
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A man talks to police officers at a cafe after a shooting during a
local festival in the village of Zitiste, north of Belgrade, Serbia
in this still image from video taken July 2, 2016. Courtesy of N1
via REUTERS TV
Three years ago, 13 people died in a shooting spree in a village
near Belgrade, and last year six people were killed in a dispute
over a wedding in Serbia's north.
(Reporting by Aleksandar Vasovic; Editing by Mark Potter)
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