- Oct 31, 2006
NRK International24M Brigades claim responsibility for the Bajorok embassy attack, police manhunt underway
Two employees of the Bajorok embassy to Petrovgrad are in critical condition following an RPG attack against the main embassy building two nights ago. The 24th of May Revolutionary Brigades, a notorious Serbovian left-wing terrorist group, claimed responsibility for the incident, stating that the attack had been motivated by the Bajorok police's heavy response to recent protests against the country's anti-abortion laws and their escalation into violence.
The embassy attack represents the most serious act of terrorism in the Greater Petrovgrad region since 2019, when two police officers were shot and killed by a 24M Brigades member in a targeted assassination. The perpetrator of that crime was eventually cornered and killed in a gunfight with police special forces after a large-scale manhunt. It is also the first time the 24M Brigades have targeted a foreign actor, as they have previously restricted their attacks to government or commercial targets and various right-wing organizations.
A joint press conference with Prime Minister Dejan Andelic and Interior Minister Matey Ivanovic took place today in Petrovgrad regarding the attack. Prime Minister Andelic expressed the sympathies of his administration and the Serbovian people to the people of Bajororzsag and to the families of those wounded in the attack, stating that "all possible measures would be exhausted to find and punish those responsible for this crime". Interior Minister Ivanovic updated the press on the progress of the investigation, which is being headed by the Federal Directorate of Internal Security.
According to Ivanovic, the RPG had been fired from the rooftop of a building under construction located 200 meters away from the embassy. Two men wearing work overalls were seen exiting the building after the blast and fleeing in a white Pobeda van, and investigators are urging the public to come forward with any details on the suspects or their escape vehicle. Thousands of policemen from local and federal agencies are currently involved in the manhunt for the suspects in the Greater Petrovgrad area.
Following the attack, the national terrorism threat level has been raised from "moderate" to "critical" - representing an increase to the highest threat level - and security measures increased around foreign representations in Petrovgrad. In addition, the police presence along main highways and in the public transportation system has been increased as the search for the suspects continues.
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