Man Dies After Throwing Bomb At US Embassy In Montenegro

Man Dies After Throwing Bomb At US Embassy In Montenegro

The U.S. State Department said checks were being carried out to ensure all staff were safe.

Police in Montenegro say the man who threw a bomb into the USA embassy compound and then killed himself had no criminal record and that the attack was not an act of terrorism.

"Many in Montenegro remain opposed to the country's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation membership because of the air war the alliance waged to stop the war in Kosovo when Montenegro was still part of Yugoslavia", the Associated Press notes. "Everything else is being investigated", prosecutor Lepa Medenica told reporters.

Police authorities in Montenegro's capital reported this morning that the embassy was not damaged and that it was a hand grenade.

Police say they are still investigating Jaukovic's motives and whether he had acted alone.

One grenade was thrown into the embassy courtyard, while a second one killed the unidentified male, according to the government of the Baltic country.

Montenegro's main daily paper Vijesti published a picture, apparently from the attacker's Facebook page, showing an award he won for his service in the Yugoslav army in 1999, which was signed by the late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic.

The U.S. embassy in Montenegro's capital Podgorica has confirmed that no one was injured when an assailant threw an explosive device into the compound. "Immediately before, that person threw an explosive device from the intersection near the Sport Center into the US Embassy compound".

Officials at the embassy advised USA citizens to avoid the area until further notice.

Several people, including two Russian secret service operatives, are on trial in Podgorica on charges that they wanted to overthrow Montenegro's government in 2016 because of its pro-Western policies.

On its Twitter account, the embassy said all its staff were "safe and accounted for", but it cancelled all visa services for the day, although access was available for United States citizens "on an emergency basis".

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