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No fewer than 11 people were yesterday killed during a mass shooting in Montenegro’s central city of Cetinje the country’s public broadcaster confirmed to newsmen.
‘Eleven people were killed, while six were wounded, including a member of the police,’ Montenegro’s public broadcaster RTCG said Friday, adding that the shooter was included in the toll.
A police officer who did not want his name in print also confirmed the figure to reporters.
Africa Daily News, New York reports that the incident took place in Cetinje, which is some 36 kilometres (22 miles) west of the capital Podgorica, after the shooter was involved in a family dispute, according to RTCG.
The shooter was later killed after firing at police officers, the broadcaster reported.
The incident marks the deadliest shooting in the Adriatic nation in decades.
Montenegro is famed for its picturesque beaches framed by nearby mountains that have long been a draw for tourists.
The shooting comes as the country is in the full throes of its tourism high season.
Cetinje is the site of the country’s former royal capital and lies in a mountainous valley that has largely stagnated economically in recent decades.
Meanwhile, embattled Vice President of Paraguay, Hugo Velazquez on Saturday announced his resignation while also pulling out of the running for next year’s presidential election after he was sanctioned by Washington over what was described as ‘significant corruption.’
Africa Daily News, New York gathered that the US State Department had earlier in the week earlier published a statement from Secretary of State Antony Blinken which indicated that Velazquez would be banned from entering the United States due to his ‘involvement in significant corruption, including bribery of a public official and interference in public processes.’
Since Paraguay’s presidents, like the current leader Mario Abdo Benitez, are only allowed to serve one five-year term, Velazquez hoped to run for office next year.