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Shooting in Croatia leaves seven dead

Police officers at the scene of the shooting. Source: Getty

Six people including a 10-year-old child have been shot dead in the Croatian capital Zagreb before the shooter took his own life, police say.

A man has shot dead six people, including a 10-year-old child, in the Croatian capital Zagreb, before killing himself, police say.

The man suspected of the killings took his own life early on Friday after a chase that saw large parts of the Croatian capital sealed off, police said.

Police found the bodies late on Thursday in a quiet neighbourhood in Zagreb. In addition to the child, two men and three women were killed. A seven-month old baby was found unharmed.

Police inspect the area.
Police inspect the area.
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Croatian media reported that the suspect's ex-wife and her partner were among the victims.

Media said witnesses described hearing loud cries before the shots were fired.

Zagreb mayor Milan Bandic described the attack as an "isolated incident" and a "domestic violence case" as he sought to assure the residents in the capital.

"There is no sign of any organised unrest or terror threat in the capital Zagreb, which is most important," Bandic said in a televised statement.

"Security is written in Zagreb with capital letters."

Such crimes are very rare in the generally quiet and safe Croatian capital.

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