A Serbian police officer guarding the Israeli Embassy in Belgrade was brutally attacked with a crossbow on Saturday.

The assailant identified as Salahudin Zujovic, 25, reportedly approached an officer stationed in the guard house at the Israeli Embassy, feigning interest in a nearby museum. There was no reason to suspect that the bag Zujovic was holding contained a deadly weapon.

After being shot in the neck with a crossbow, the heroic guard neutralized Zujovic, preventing what could have been a devastating attack. He was rushed to a local hospital and has been listed in stable condition following a successful surgery.

“We are hunting them down. We will have no mercy for terrorism in Serbia,” President Aleksandar Vucic told the press outside Israel’s embassy.

Serbian authorities raised the security alert in Belgrade after a suspicious person near the embassy was arrested shortly afterwards, fueling concerns about the presence of a larger network of extremists operating within Serbia’s borders.

Iran’s proxy battle with Israel has heightened ever since October 7, when Hamas perpetrated the deadliest massacre of Jews since the Holocaust.

According to Serbia’s Interior Ministry, Zujovic recently converted to Islam and has been under observation since associating himself with the Iranian-backed Wahhabi terror organization. Wahhabism advocates for a radical interpretation of Islamic law and has been associated with other notorious terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda and ISIS.

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