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Suspected Islamist Terrorist Leader Killed in Clash with Serbian Police

Authorities in Serbia say police have shot and killed the suspected leader of an Islamist terrorist group in a predawn gunbattle in a predominantly Muslim region.

A statement Friday says Islamic militants released attack dogs and threw a grenade at police as they approached a house to arrest the leader of a Wahhabi Muslim terrorist group suspected of operating in the area.

Officials say police returned fire, killing 28-year-old Ismail Prenetic. Another terrorist suspect and a policeman were wounded in the attack, which occurred near the town of Novi Pazar, in the southern Sandzak region.

Wahhabi extremists follow a strict form of Sunni Islam.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.