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Bosnia's Nightmare: Live-streamed Killing Shakes the Nation

Saturday, August 12, 2023 • Tamil Comments
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In Bosnia, a heartbreaking tragedy unfolded as Instagram Live videos showed the slaying of the former wife of a man who live streamed and then fatally shot himself before leaving two more dead, authorities and media reports said.

The horrifying attack occurred in the town of Gradacac, leaving a trail of victims. After killing his ex-wife, the assailant went on a rampage, fatally shooting a man and his son, as well as injuring others, before ending his own life. The incident has sent shockwaves through the country, where violence against women is a grim reality.

The former wife had apparently been threatened and even attacked by the shooter in the past, raising questions about her own safety. The attacker posted an alarming video on Instagram telling of murder in advance that was watched thousands of times before being removed from the site. He also streamed further videos claiming yet more victims during his escape.

Bosnian officials and human rights advocates have voiced outrage over the gruesome incident. Bosnia Human Rights Minister Sevid Hurtic termed it a "huge shame for our society" and said there is urgency in collective action to curb violence against women. The United Nations also expressed shock, horror at the act and emphasis on eradicating such ghastly crimes.

This tragic incident presents a sad reminder of the continued challenges that Bosnia is faced with, given that it continues to recover from the wounds of a devastating war and strives for having a safer environment for its residents.

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