The Sarajevo Canton Government held an urgent session Saturday morning, declaring October 29 the mourning day on the canton’s territory, following the death of two police officers in Bosnia’s capital city.
The session was scheduled a day after the car theft and shooting in Sarajevo’s Alipasino neighbourhood which resulted in the death of two police officers. Representatives of Sarajevo’s Novi Grad municipality, where the shooting took place, as well as the families of the murdered policemen also attended the session.
The state of security in the Sarajevo Canton has been raised to the highest level and all available human and technical resources have been put at disposal in the ongoing investigation into the incident, the Sarajevo Canton Police Commissioner Mevludin Halilovic said during the session.
Halilovic earlier told N1 that the search after the perpetrators of the shooting and death of the police officers has continued on Saturday and that additional police forces were engaged in the investigation.
Sarajevo policeman Adis Sehovic was shot dead Friday early morning in the Alipasino neighbourhood and his colleague Davor Vujinovic succumbed to severe injuries he suffered during the shooting.
Unknown perpetrator(s) shot the police officers after being discovered in a car theft in the Sarajevo neighbourhood.
Upon the initiative of the Sarajevo Canton Government, Bosnia’s Federation (FBiH) entity Government also declared October 29 the day of mourning.
“This was also an attack on the state and its institutions as well as the safety of the citizens. I assure you we will do everything to find the perpetrators of this heinous act and adequately punish them for what they did. We will put additional efforts to make our police more prepared to deal with the crime and criminals who show more and more brutality and ruthlessness in committing the most severe acts of crime,” FBiH Prime Minister Fadil Novalic said.
In a brief statement for N1, FBiH Interior Minister, Aljosa Campara, said the perpetrator(s) will be found and brought to justice.
The Interior Ministry of Bosnia’s Republika Srpska (RS) entity, which cooperates with the Sarajevo Canton and FBiH police agencies in shedding the light on this case, has resumed the activities on Saturday within the investigation into the murder of the two police officers, RS MoI Spokesperson Mirna Miljanovic confirmed for N1.
Police trade unions in Bosnia and Herzegovina expressed their full support to the police agencies at all levels in finding and adequately punishing the murderers.
“We express our full support to the judicial institutions and police agencies of all levels to discover, bring to justice and sanction all perpetrators and their assistants in a swift and efficient way,” the Trade Union of Bosnia’s Directorate for Coordination of Police Bodies.
Sarajevo Canton Police Trade Union also thanked the citizens for the support they showed to the police after the incident.
The police officers will be buried on Monday, the Sarajevo Police trade unions confirmed for the news agencies. A commemoration in honour of Sehovic and Vujinovic will be held on the same day.
The citizens of Sarajevo announced through social networks they would gather in the city centre to express the support to the police and their work.