A 21-year-old Afghan was killed in a migrant feud on Wednesday night in Belgrade center. A second Afghan national was stabbed the following day in a nearby refugee camp.
The feud that killed the 21-year-old Afghan took place near Belgrade’s central train station. As reported by Serbian TV station N1, the young man was stabbed several times by younger compatriots and died shortly after.
An Afghan who was allegedly involved in the feud was killed the following day by unknown assailants in the Krnjaca refugee camp on the outskirts of the Serbian capital. According to media reports, the man had been arrested in Croatia for illegal entry and had been returned to Serbia by authorities in January.
A 17-year-old Afghan suspected of having stabbed the 21-year-old Wednesday night was taken into police custody on Thursday.
While the first victim was allegedly connected to trafficking networks, the second victim is thought to be the victim of a revenge killing, dpa reports citing Serbian media.
Stranded on the Balkans
Thousands of migrants and refugees are stranded in Balkan countries in hopes of reaching western countries. Many try to cross the so-called green line - the border between the European Union, and non-EU states Bosnia or Serbia - but are continuously deterred by border police in Croatia and Serbia.
In Bosnia, conditions are intensifying in the overcrowded refugee camp Miral in the small town of Velika Kladusa near the northern border with Croatia. Media report of nearly daily fights and quarrels among migrants. On Wednesday, six migrants involved in a knife attack were deported to Serbia.
With material from dpa