Eight people killed and 25 injured in mass shooting with gunman still on run

At least eight people have been killed and 25 wounded in a drive-by-style shooting in Serbia in the second such incident within days in the country.

The attacker is said to have used an automatic weapon to shoot randomly at people near the town of Mladenovac, 30 miles south of the capital Belgrade on Thursday (May 4) night.

The Radio Television of Serbia (RTS) reported that police were looking for the 21-year-old suspect, with the country's Interior Minister Bratislav Gasic called the shooting "a terrorist act".

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According to local media, after a late-night argument in a school yard near Mladenovac, the suspect returned with an assault rifle, opened fire and continued to shoot at people at random from a moving car.

State broadcaster RTS reported a policeman and his sister were among those killed by the suspect identified only as UB.

Special police and helicopter units have been sent to the region as well as ambulances, although no more details were immediately available.

It is believed that around 600 Serbian police and special forces are hunting for the killer.

It comes after another deadly shooting on Wednesday (May 3) in Belgrade after a 13-year-old boy used his father’s guns in a school shooting rampage that killed eight of his schoolmates and a school guard.

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Earlier, thousands of people had lined up to lay flowers, light candles and leave toys to commemorate those killed in the atrocity.

Though Serbia is awash with weapons left over from the wars of the 1990s, mass shootings are said to be rare in the Balkan state.

Wednesday's school shooting was the first in the country's modern history and the last mass shooting before this week was in 2013, when a war veteran killed 13 people in a central Serbian village.


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