Sarajevo: US embassy attacked by suspected radical Islamist gunman (VIDEO)


Mevlid Jasarevic (23), stands at an intersection holding an AK-47, after allegedly opening fire on the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo, on October 28, 2011.


Elvis Barukcic

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

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

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“We have no reports of injuries among embassy personnel. Local law enforcement is responding. The embassy is in lockdown status," Mark Toner, a U.S. State Department spokesman, said in a statement, reports The New York Times.

Police spokesman Irfan Nefic told Bosnian television that the man is suspected of firing an automatic weapon, AFP reports. 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 U.S. embassy has confirmed the incident occurred but has not given details.

"We can confirm there has been an incident in front of the embassy. 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.