Croatia Police: Migrant Shot While ‘Actively Resisting’ Officers

A picture taken near the village of Gibina, Slovenia, on February 17, 2017 shows a panel fence set up along the Slovenian-Croatian border. / AFP / Jure MAKOVEC (Photo credit should read JURE MAKOVEC/AFP/Getty Images)

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) – Croatian police say a migrant has been shot and slightly wounded while resisting police.

Police said Thursday the incident happened on Wednesday afternoon in the region of Gorski Kotar mountain, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the border with Bosnia.

They say the migrant caused the weapon to fire while “actively resisting” police. No other details were immediately available and police say they are investigating all the circumstances of the incident.

Another migrant recently was shot and seriously wounded in an incident that Croatian police described as an accident.

Rights groups have accused Croatian police of violence against migrants. Croatia has repeatedly denied this.

Thousands of migrants from the Middle East, Africa and Asia have become stuck in the Balkans while trying to reach Western Europe.


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