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Man shoots at U.S. Embassy in Bosnia

A man armed with hand grenades and an automatic weapon opened fire Friday outside the U.S. Embassy in Bosnia in what authorities called a terrorist attack. A policeman and the gunman were wounded, but the embassy said none of its employees was hurt.

Sarajevo Mayor Alija Behmen said the gunman "got off a tram with a Kalashnikov and started shooting at the American Embassy."

Witnesses told Bosnian television that the man urged pedestrians to move away, saying he was targeting only the embassy.

He had a beard and was dressed in clothing that was typical for followers of the conservative Wahhabi branch of Islam.

One police officer guarding the embassy was wounded before police surrounded the gunman. After a 30-minute standoff, the sound of a single shot echoed, and AP video showed the shooter slump to the ground.

Police arrested the wounded man and took him away in an ambulance as pedestrians cowered behind buildings and vehicles. A hospital spokeswoman said the gunman had a minor wound to his leg and would spend the night at the hospital before being released into police custody.

State Prosecutor Dubravko Campara identified the shooter as Mevlid Jasarevic, from Novi Pazar, the administrative capital of the southern Serbian region of Sandzak, who was tried in Austria for robbery in 2005.

Campara said Jasarevic had crossed the Serbian border into Bosnia Friday morning. He said Jasarevic had two hand grenades with him when he was arrested and is under investigation by Serbian police, but he did not say why.

Serbian Interior Minister Ivica Dacic confirmed his identity and said he is 23 years old. Bosnian TV said Jasarevic is a Wahhabi follower.

The Wahhabis are an extremely conservative branch of Islam rooted in Saudi Arabia and linked to religious militants in parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Western intelligence reports say the impoverished area of Sandzak, along with Muslim-dominated regions in Bosnia, are rich ground for recruiting so-called "white al-Qaida" -- Muslims with Western features who could easily blend into European or U.S. cities and carry out attacks.

In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said several bullets struck the outside wall of the embassy, but that all embassy personnel were safe. She said the wounded police officer had been assigned to protect the embassy.

Ambassador Patrick Moon expressed his gratitude for the swift response by police.