Incident Summary:

03/13/2017: An assailant opened fire on Azem Vllasi in Pristina, Kosovo. Vllasi, a former communist leader, was injured in the attack. Murat Jashari, an Albanian extremist, claimed responsibility for the incident and accused the victim of harming and oppressing the youth during his tenure as a leader in the ruling League of Communists of Kosovo in the 1980s.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Pristina district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity League of Communists of Kosovo
Specific Description Former Leader: Azem Vllasi in Pristina
Nationality of Target Kosovo
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
A firearm with a silencer was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Albanian extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Kosovo Shooting Suspect ‘Sought Revenge on Ex-Communist’," BalkanInsight, March 14, 2017.
"Ex-Kosovo top communist leader shot and wounded," Washington Post, March 13, 2017.
"Kosovo's ex-communist leader wounded in assassination attempt,", March 13, 2017.