Politician Assassinated, Gunned Down in Drive-by Shooting Outside Office

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January 16, 2018Jan 16, 2018

A leading politician for Serbia was just assassinated. The shooting took place in Kosovo and left Oliver Ivanovic dead in the street. Please join us in praying for peace in the region after this major event.

According to reports, a passing car opened fire on Ivanovic as he was standing in front of the offices of his Citizens' Initiative Party. He was reportedly hit around 5 times in the torso. Witnesses to the shooting tried to resuscitate Ivanovic but were unsuccessful in their efforts.

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"Medics say Ivanovic received at least five gunshot wounds to his upper torso when shot by unknown assailants. A burnt-out car believed to have been used in the attack has been found by police," according to Daily Mail.

He was rushed to a local hospital where doctors declared the 64-year-old deceased. The news of his assassination sparked major tensions in the region.

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Ivanovic had previously been accused of war crimes during the 1998-1999 war. His assassination came on the first day that Serbia and Kosovo had resumed peace talks amid rising tension in the area.

"Kosovo remains tense, a decade after declaring independence from Serbia in 2008. Serbia does not recognize the split and EU-mediated talks have been underway in a bid to normalize ties. About 10,000 people died in the 1998-99 war between Serb forces and Kosovo ethnic Albanian rebels," according to Daily Mail.

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