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Gunman opens fire near U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo

Police arrest man described as radical Islamist

  • Law enforcement officers stand near the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, on Friday after a gunman opened fire near the building.
    sensservis screengrabLaw enforcement officers stand near the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, on Friday after a gunman opened fire near the building.

Police have arrested a man they believe opened fire Friday near the U.S. embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

A man reportedly opened fire near the embassy and wounded a police officer before being shot and arrested, the Associated Press reported.

One police officer guarding the building was wounded before police surrounded the gunman, AP reported.

After a 30-minute standoff, a single shot was heard and AP video showed the shooter slump to the ground.

Police spokesman Irfan Nefic told Bosnian television that the man is suspected of firing an automatic weapon, AFP reported. The suspected gunmen has received medical treatment and is now hospitalized.

The man, identified by AFP as Mevlid Jasarevic, 23, is a suspected radical Islamist and has been identified as a member of the Wahhabi branch of Islam.

"The building is closed and we are waiting for the police to seal off the area," embassy spokeswoman Sanja Pejcinovictold AFP.

AP reports that one of Bosnia's presidents has called the firing a terrorist attack.

This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.

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