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Attacker of US embassy in Bosnia gets 18 years

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — A Bosnian court on Thursday convicted a man who opened fire on the US Embassy and sentenced him to 18 years in prison.

Mevlid Jasarevic shot at the embassy in Sarajevo for 50 minutes with an automatic rifle, injuring a local policeman before authorities shot him in the leg and arrested him in October 2011. He said in a video made before the shooting that he wanted to force NATO to pull out of Afghanistan and for Bosnia to stop harassing his Islamic sect. Alleged accomplices Emrah Fojnica and Munib Ahmetspahic were acquitted. The court said the prosecution did not prove the three were an organized terrorist group. The prosecutor’s office said it will appeal the acquittal.

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All three are followers of the Wahhabi sect — an austere brand of Sunni Islam.

The sect members say they do not recognize state authorities, and have settled in a village in north Bosnia that police have raided several times.

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