Bosnia charges three with attack on US embassy

April 23, 2012 19:14


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SARAJEVO - Prosecutors in Bosnia charged three men with terrorism on Monday over an attack on the US embassy in the capital Sarajevo last year that raised questions over the threat from radical Islam in the Balkans.

The gun assault by 23-year-old Mevlid Jasarevic from neighboring Serbia ignited fierce debate over the radicalization of Muslims in an impoverished region still recovering from the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s and trying to integrate with the West.

Jasarevic spent 50 minutes firing on the US embassy in downtown Sarajevo from an automatic rifle in October last year, striking the building more than 100 times and seriously wounding one police officer. A sniper wounded the shooter and he was arrested.

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