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U.S. embassy attacker faces 10 charges

April 25, 2012 at 9:42 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, April 25 (UPI) -- A U.S. grand jury has indicted a Serbian citizen on 10 charges, including attempted murder, for a machine gun attack on the U.S. Embassy in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Mevlid Jasarevic, 23, was allegedly the only gunman in a group of suspected Islamic militants who fired on the embassy Oct. 28 in Sarajevo, Belgrade radio station B-92 reported.

The U.S. Department of Justice Tuesday announced Jasarevic faces one count of attempt to murder U.S. officers or employees; one count of attempt to murder U.S. nationals within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States; one count of assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to do bodily harm within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States; one count of assaulting U.S. officers or employees with a deadly weapon; one count of destruction of property within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States; and five counts of use of a firearm during a crime of violence.

The attempted murder charge, charges for assault and destruction of property charge could each earn Jasarevic 20 years in prison if he is convicted. Each charge of use of a firearm during a crime of violence carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years in prison, the Department of Justice said in a statement.

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