SERBIANNA More inter-Muslim violence in Serbia
November 5, 2006
More inter-Muslim violence in Serbia
November 5, 2006 -- At least two people have been shot and one
held in custody on charges of attempting to commit a murder, after the
shooter was attacked by members of the Wahabi sect in a southwestern Serbian
town of Novi Pazar.
Police at the crime scene in front of the Arab Mosque in Novi Pazar.
Izet Fijuljanin, 37, was attacked by three members of a Wahabi
Islamic sect, certain Gicic and two members of Smajilovic family who begun
pounding with sticks on Fijuljanin's car that was parked in front of the
Arab Mosque in the city's center.
Fijuljanin then shot several times in the direction of the
attackers. Witnesses say that the attackers were hurt.
Fijuljanin is held in custody on attempted murder charges and
illegal possession of weapons.
Witnesses say that this incident is a continuation of violence
that started on Friday when the group of Wahabi believers entered the Arab
Mosque with an intent to force the mosque's imam to hold a Wahabi style
When the imam Haris Hadzic refused, the Wahabis attacked him and
a massive brawl between the Muslims broke out.
Wahabis of the Novi Pazar reciting Kuran.
During the fighting, Habib Fijuljan shot several times in the
Mosque's ceiling and the believers started stampeding for the exit.
It is not clear whether Fijuljan and the Fijuljanin who was
attacked by the Wahabis later are related. The mosque has been closed.
Novi Pazar has the largest Slavic speaking Islamic community
which along with Muslim Albanians represent the minority Muslim communities
Serbia is predominantly a Christian country.