After school attack, second mass shooting in Serbia leaves eight dead

The attacker is still on the run

Serbia second mass shooting Police operates in a checkpoint during the aftermath of a shooting, in Dubona, Serbia | Reuters

After the deadly school attack, the second mass shooting in Serbia has claimed eight lives. At least 10 got injured in the shooting on Thursday. Reportedly, the gunman fired an automatic weapon from a moving vehicle near a village south of Belgrade.

Hundreds of Serbian special forces launch manhunt for the gunman behind the shooting.

According to media reports, special forces had arrived at the villages in Mladenovac and Dubona. Despite launching the search operation using helicopter, drones and multiple police patrols in and around Dubona, the police officials were unable to find the suspect.

Reportedly, a 20-year-old man started firing at people with an automatic weapon after having an argument with a police officer in a park in Dubona on Thursday evening. The man is said to have proceeded to shoot people from a car killing atleast eight people, reported BBC.

Earlier, a 13-year-old teenager killed eight of his fellow students at a school in Belgrade on Wednesday. The boy also shot dead the security guard of the school.

The incident of shooting was described as a “terrorist act” by the Interior Minister Bratislav Gasic.

Around 600 Serbian police, including elite Special Antiterrorist Unit (SAJ) and Gendarmerie launched a manhunt, dubbed Operation Whirlwind, for a 21-year-old suspect identified only as U.B, state broadcaster RTS reported.

Those wounded were transported to a hospital in Mladenovac and the University Hospital in Belgrade.

Three days of official mourning was announced in the Balkan nation following the shooting incident on Wednesday.

The suspect, a 13-year-old boy, took his father's handguns to kill eight people. On Thursday evening, hundreds of students and teachers gathered in front of Education Ministry in Belgrade demanding better school security and education system.

The recent incidents had prompted the Serbian government, which mostly have strict gun rules, to propose tighter restrictions of gun ownership. A two-year ban on issuing new gun permits, revision of existing permits and checks on storage of guns in shops has been introduced by the government.

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