Mevlid Jasarevic told the court that he had been manipulated and then rejected by his radical Islamist mentors.
Jasarevic walks with an automatic weapon in Sarajevo, after he fired shots at the U.S. embassy, October 28, 2011 (Reuters)
“I truly apologise and regret any problems that my acts have caused to anyone,” Jasarevic told a Sarajevo court.
“I have been a victim of those who were telling me it was necessary to fight for Islam, to lead jihad,” he said, wearing a white shirt and jeans.
“How is it possible that all those who were telling me about jihad are now playing with their children and live free, with their wives, while I have not seen my child for months?”
Jasarevic, 25, fired at the embassy for more than 40 minutes with an automatic rifle, seriously wounding a police officer. The attack sparked fears that, as Bosnia recovered from the wars of the 1990s, its Muslim population was becoming radicalized.
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