Armenian Prime Minister extends condolences to Serbian President on mass shootings



 13:19, 5 May 2023

YEREVAN, MAY 5 , ARMENPRESS. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Friday extended condolences to Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić on the two mass shootings in the Balkan nation this week.

“I am deeply shocked by the news of the tragic events that claimed numerous lives in the Vladislav Ribnikar school in Belgrade, as well as in Mladenovac,” PM Pashinyan said in a telegram sent to President Vučić. “On behalf of the Armenian people, at this difficult time I express sincere condolences and support to you, the families and friends of the victims, wishing resilience and patience, and speedy recovery to all those wounded,” he added.

Serbian law enforcement agencies have arrested the suspected gunman in the second mass shooting this week when eight people were killed and at least 14 were injured.

The gunman fired an automatic weapon from a moving vehicle near a village 60km (37 miles) south of Belgrade.

The interior ministry said the suspect was arrested after "an extensive search".

Police announced the latest arrest around 08:40 local time (07:40 BST) on Friday. The suspect – who has only been identified by his initials UB – was detained near the city of Kragujevac, the BBC reported citing the Serbian interior ministry.

Reports on local media say the suspect – who the interior ministry said was born in 2002 – started firing at people with an automatic weapon after having an argument with a police officer in a park in Dubona on Thursday evening.

On Wednesday, a thirteen-year-old boy shot dead eight fellow pupils at his school in Belgrade, as well as a security guard. It prompted the Serbian government to propose tighter restrictions of gun ownership.