Bosnia mourns victim of police station attack

AP News
Posted: Apr 29, 2015 10:29 AM
Bosnia mourns victim of police station attack

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnia is mourning a policeman who was killed in what authorities are treating as a terrorist act by a Muslim gunman in the northeast of the country.

Flags were at half-staff throughout the country on Wednesday as policeman Dragan Djuric was laid to rest in his village of Karakaj, near the town of Zvornik where he was killed.

Monday's attack in the Bosnian Serb town left the Serb policeman and the gunman dead and two officers wounded. Prosecutors suspect it was an incident of Islamic terrorism but authorities have called for patience until the investigation is over. Police arrested two men allegedly connected to the gunman.

Security Minister Dragan Mektic said Bosnia must wage an unrelenting fight against terrorism and investigate any flaws in its security system. Before the attack, Bosnia's intelligence service had instructed authorities nationwide to raise the security level because of possible terrorist attacks but police failed to follow the advice. He announced an investigation into why.

"If we do not defeat terrorism, terrorism will defeat us," Mektic said.

Officials have called on people in Bosnia not to allow this attack to worsen inter-ethnic relations that have been fragile since the 1992-95 war. Zvornik mayor Zoran Stefanovic, who has asked citizens to refrain from hate speech or any form of provocation, has met with Muslim Bosniak returnees to Zvornik, political activists and even soccer fans in town.

The Islamic Community in Bosnia has condemned the attack.

"With such irrational acts, individuals like these are inflicting enormous damage to — first of all — their own people but also to the entire society," the statement said.