Bosnia investigates police station blast

(MENAFN- The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) The prosecution launched an investigation after the bomb was thrown at the police station in Zavidovici a small town in central Bosnia early on Tuesday at 15 minutes past midnight - the latest in a recent series of violent incidents in the country.

“The state prosecution is currently investigating the explosion together with SIPA [State Investigation and Protection Agency] the Federal Police Directorate and the Ministry of the Interior of the Zenica-Doboj canton in order to gather some evidence see if this attack represents an act of terrorism and establish the identity of those who did it” Aldina Ahmic spokesperson for the local police in the Zenica-Doboj canton told BIRN.

Ahmic said no one was injured and only minor damage was caused.She also said that some parts of another explosive device had been found near the police station on Monday.

The prosecution confirmed that an investigation was under way but did not say whether it was considering the possibility that it had been a terrorist attack.

The blast in Zavidovici came aftera man shot dead two Bosnian soldiers in Sarajevo last Wednesdayin what the authorities described as a terrorist attack. The gunman whose relative is linked to radical Islamic groups later committed suicide.

On Friday local media also reported that a firecracker had been thrown in Mostar at the car of Ante Jelec a Bosnian Army general.

However local police said that there was no proof that Jelec was the target.

"The firecracker was thrown outside a tunnel and there was no car in the street in that precise moment. General Jelec's car simply drove through the smoke caused by the explosion and the person who did it had no way of knowing whose car it was" Maja Cisic from the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton prosecutor’s office told Sarajevo based website Klix on Sunday.

Ahmic said however that the explosion in Zavidovici was not connected to any of these incidents.

"We are currently investigating the explosion in Zavidovici as an isolated case" she said.

Bosnia's Security Minister Dragan Mektic has called for new anti-terrorist legislationto give police more powers in the wake of the shootings in Sarajevo last week.

“We have to create mechanisms which in the case of a greater terrorist threat or some bigger terrorist act we can declare an emergency situation in a certain area and give an additional mandate to the police” Mektic said on Sunday.

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