Serbian President Aleksander Vucic today announced an ambitious disarmament plan aimed at recovering the hundreds of thousands of weapons in the hands of the population of this Balkan country, after two massacres that left 17 dead.
“We are going to carry out an almost complete disarmament of Serbia”, declared Vucic at a live press conference, hours after, in a second shooting, a young man shot eight people in three villages near Belgrade.
The Serbian President, who considered the two incidents as terrorist acts, announced a review of the license to carry small arms, in addition to weapons belonging to hunters, with the aim of reducing the number from around 400,000 to “no more than 30,000 to 40,000 “.
“Tonight’s attack was a terrorist attack, an act in which our special units were tasked with arresting and neutralizing the terrorist. The criminal has been arrested and will not see the light of day, metaphorically speaking. He will not get out of prison,” said the President, without specifying the type of terrorist motive he was referring to.
In Serbia, which has about 6.8 million inhabitants, people legally own more than 765,000 weapons, including close to 360,000 hunting weapons, according to data presented by the Serbian head of state.
Vucic also stated that the Government will also address the problem of illegal possession of weapons, further announcing that there will be about 1,200 new police officers in the next six months, with the aim of placing an officer in each school, in addition to security guards. already present.
Since the break-up of the former Yugoslavia and the bloody wars of the 1990s, a large number of firearms have been circulating in the Balkans.
A large number of weapons circulate in the Balkans since the break-up of the former Yugoslavia and the bloody wars of the 1990s that followed.
After a shootout on Wednesday in which a 13-year-old student killed his eight classmates and a school guard in central Belgrade, a youth killed eight people with an automatic weapon and wounded 14 others in three villages in the Mladenovac region. , about 60 kilometers south of Belgrade, on Thursday night.
The suspect was arrested on Friday morning in the region of Kragujevac (centre), after an all-night manhunt.
After Wednesday’s shooting, a young man on Thursday night killed eight people with an automatic weapon and wounded 14 others in three villages in the Mladenovac region, about 60 kilometers south of Belgrade.
The 21-year-old suspect, whose initials were given as UB, was arrested this morning in the region of Kragujevac (centre), 140 kilometers from the capital, after a manhunt that lasted all night, police said in a short communicated.
In the note, it is advanced that the police continue to work to clarify the facts and circumstances of what happened.
According to unofficial information, the attacker got out of a car in which he was traveling alone and started shooting. Serbian media said the shooter was the son of an army officer.
Source: Expresso by expresso.pt.
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