Thirteen dead in Serbia gun rampage

The BBC's Guy Delauney: "These incidents are very unusual in Serbia"

Thirteen people have been killed in Serbia after a man went on a gun rampage in a village near Belgrade, local media report.

Six men, six women and a two-year-old boy died before the gunman tried to kill himself and his wife. The pair are now said to be in a serious condition.

Police identified the gunman as Ljubisa Bogdanovic, a 60-year-old war veteran.

The victims were reported to be relatives and neighbours of Bogdanovic, and included his mother and son.

The shootings took place in several houses in Velika Ivanca, about 50km (30 miles) south-east of the capital at about 0500 local time (0300 GMT).

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Local residents said the gunman, armed with a 9mm handgun, killed his son before leaving the house and shooting dead neighbours, some of whom were still asleep.

"He knocked on the doors, and as they were opened he just fired a shot,'' villager Radovan Radosavljevic was quoted by the Associated Press as saying.

"He was a good neighbour and anyone would open their doors to him. I don't know what happened."

All but one of the victims died instantly, police said.

Serbian police chief Milorad Veljovic, who is at the scene, told RTS that the gunman was "from a peaceful family and had no criminal record".

"We're all just stunned," Mr Veljovic said.

The suspect is reported to have been made redundant last year. He fought as a Serb soldier in the war in Croatia in 1991.

The motive for the attack was not immediately clear.

In a similar attack in Serbia in 2007, a 39-year-old man shot dead nine people and injured two others in a village in the east of the country.

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