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Bosnia and Herzegovina Fights Terrorism

July 2014, Zahl 05.03

“On October 28, 2011, a lone terrorist staged an attack on the United States Embassy in Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The terrorist act was completely unexpected; the assailant came out of a nearby park and opened fire on the embassy building, shouting radical slogans and demanding the withdrawal of U.S. Forces from Afghanistan.

The way Bosnia and Herzegovina’s security agencies responded to the attack made it clear that the security sector in Bosnia was ill-prepared for such an attack, while reaffirming the country’s vulnerability to terrorism. As the culprit moved openly along the main road near the center of the city, firing numerous rounds from an automatic weapon, some 50 minutes passed from the beginning of the attack until he was arrested. Fortunately, only one U.S. Embassy security police officer was lightly wounded and the embassy building sustained only minor damage...”

Excerpt from Kemal Korjenić, “Bosnia and Herzegovina Fights Terrorism,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  5, No. 3, 2014: 44-47.

Kemal Korjenić serves the Bosnia and Herzegovina government at the Ministry of Defense and is an expert in defense and security affairs. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Sarajevo and earned his master’s degree in international security. He graduated from the Marshall Center’s Program on Applied Security Studies in 2007 and the Program on Terrorism Security Studies in 2014.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.