5 killed, more than 20 injured in cafe shooting in Serbia

BelgradeUpdated: Jul 02, 2016, 09:30 AM IST

The man in his early thirties opened fire at a cafe in northern Serbia, around 80 km north of Belgrade. (Representative image.) Photograph:(Reuters)

Five people were killed and more than 20 were wounded early today when a man entered a cafe in northern Serbia and opened fire with a machine gun, police said.

Police arrested the suspect, a man in his late 30s identified only as ZS, immediately after the shooting in the village of Zitiste, around 80 kilometres north of Belgrade.

Nebojsa Stefanovic, the interior minister, told Belgrade's B92 TV that ZS killed his estranged wife and another woman, before firing at others in the cafe with an illegal weapon.

"Jealousy could be a motive," he said. "He was a quiet man; he had no criminal record."

Serbia and most of the western Balkans are awash with hundreds of thousands of illegal weapons following wars and unrest in the 1990s.

In a bid to reduce the number, Serbian police on Friday offered an amnesty over surrendering or registering illegal weapons until November.