Serbia: Police officer shot with arrow in suspected terror attack at Israeli embassy in Serbia

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Police officers work at the crime scene near the Israeli embassy in Belgrade on Saturday.



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A police officer at the Israeli embassy in Belgrade, the Serbian capital, was shot in the neck with a crossbow during a suspected terrorist attack on Saturday, CNN affiliate N1 reported.

The police officer shot the attacker, who later died, according to N1. The officer was taken to hospital and will have to undergo surgery to remove an arrow from his neck.

Serbian Interior Minister Ivica Dacic said it was “without a doubt a terrorist attack”, saying several people suspected of being linked to the incident had been arrested.

Dacic said an unknown person, “whose identity is still being determined,” shot the police officer with a crossbow around 11 a.m. local time, according to N1.

“He was carrying a bag with him and he took a crossbow out of the bag and shot the gendarme in the neck with the arrow.

“The gendarme reacted immediately, as much as he could, until he fell to the ground… he took out his weapon and fired several shots at the attacker. The attacker died after half an hour,” Dacic said.

“All circumstances of the attack and possible motives are being investigated,” he added.

The minister said other people “who were near the police premises” had been arrested “as a precautionary measure”.

Dacic said there were indications that the incident involved individuals “already known to the police and security services – they are members of the Wahhabi movement,” referring to a strict branch of Islam.

A spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry also called the incident an “attempted terrorist attack” in a statement. None of its employees were injured, the ministry said.

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz on Saturday thanked the Serbian government for its support. “I would also like to extend my best wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured guard. Terrorism cannot be tolerated!” Katz wrote.

Israel-linked institutions in Europe are on alert for possible attacks in the wake of the ongoing war in Gaza, launched after the Islamist militant group Hamas carried out cross-border raids into Israel on October 7.

Many European countries have increased security measures around Jewish establishments, including places of worship.

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