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Serbia has been rocked by another mass shooting, just a day after a 13-year-old boy killed eight of his fellow students and a guard at a school in Belgrade.

On Thursday night, a man identified by the initials U.B. opened fire from a moving car in three villages near Mladenovac, some 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of the capital, killing eight people and wounding 14 more.

The suspect was arrested early Friday near the town of Kragujevac, after an extensive search by hundreds of police and helicopter units.

The motive for the shooting spree is still unclear, but some witnesses said the gunman had an argument with someone at the center of one of the villages before he went home, took his weapon and returned to kill.

Serbian Interior Minister Bratislav Gasic called the shootings “a terrorist act” and said the government would tighten the country’s gun laws, which are already among the strictest in Europe.

Mass shootings are extremely rare in Serbia, which has a high rate of gun ownership but also a strong gun culture rooted in the wars of the 1990s. The last mass shooting before this week was in 2016, when a man killed five people and injured 20 more at a café.

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