Serbia: According to state television, on Thursday night, someone carried out a drive-by attack in three Serbian villages, randomly shooting at people. At least eight people were killed and 14 were injured in this mass shooting, which marks the second such incident in the country within two days.
According to the police statement, the suspect in the shooting has been arrested. The man, who was identified by the initials U.B., was apprehended in the early hours of Friday close to the town of Kragujevac in central Serbia, which is about 100 kilometers (60 miles) away from the capital city, Belgrade.
On Thursday night, a shooting took place in three Serbian villages, killing at least eight people and injuring 14 others. The suspect was identified as U.B. and was arrested by the police early Friday morning after an all-night search by hundreds of officers. The attacker shot randomly at people in the villages near Mladenovac, some 50 kilometers south of Belgrade. This incident followed a mass shooting at a school in Belgrade, where a 13-year-old boy killed eight fellow students and a guard using his father’s guns. The government has ordered a two-year moratorium on short-barrel guns and tighter control of people with guns. The shooter in the school shooting, Kosta Kecmanovic, is too young to be charged and tried and has been placed in a mental institution. His father has been detained on suspicion of endangering public security. The widespread gun culture in Serbia and the Balkans has led to experts warning of the danger posed by the number of weapons in the country, and how it can trigger violent outbursts.