A huge police operation has been launched in Gradacac, a small town in north-eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina, where a man livestreamed himself shooting a woman on social media platform Instagram on Friday morning and then claimed he had killed several people.
According to Bosnian media reports, the man started his livestream on Instagram by saying that viewers “will see what a live murder looks like” and then took a gun and shot the woman.
He then said on Instagram that he had killed several people and had tried to target a police officer.
“I shot at a police officer, but he escaped. He escaped in a Skoda, and I couldn’t catch up with him in my BMW,” he said.
Tuzla Canton Prosecutor’s Office confirmed to Klix.ba that at least three people have been killed and several injured.
Tuzla Canton police said they were trying to capture the shooter, who they alleged is called Nermin Sulejmanovic.
“Gunfire has been reported in Gradacac, involving a male individual, during which multiple persons were reportedly injured according to initial information. Intensive efforts are underway to locate the individual,” Tuzla Canton police said.
“The cantonal prosecutor has been informed about the incident. Police officers are present at the scene, taking necessary actions and measures. Teams from the Special Support Police Unit have also been dispatched to the location,” it added.
Police has called on people in Gradacac to reduce activities outside and stay home.
Over the past seven years, a total of 60 women have lost their lives through violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with eight cases in 2022 alone.
The figure could potentially be higher because of the lack of official statistics on femicides in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Source : Balkan Insight