Published: Sun, February 25, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Man dies after throwing explosive device at US Embassy in Montenegro

Man dies after throwing explosive device at US Embassy in Montenegro

The United Arab Emirates on Thursday condemned the terrorist attack on the U.S. embassy in Montenegro's capital Podgorica.

The man who blew himself up this week after tossing a grenade at the U.S. Embassy in the capital of Montenegro was an ex-soldier who reviled North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, backed Russian Federation and posted pro-Marxist memes online, according to authorities and social media.

Portalanalitika said the motive for the attack was not yet known.

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"Most probably, the device was a hand grenade", adding that a police investigation was underway.

Montenegro is located in southeastern Europe and was once part of Yugoslavia.

Jaukovic was a Serbian-born Kosovo war veteran who was a member of the Yugoslav armed forces in the late 1990s when the United States launched 78 days of air strikes against Serbia to bring the 1998-98 Kosovo war to an end. "Immediately before, the person threw an explosive device from the intersection near the Sport Center into the US Embassy compound", read a tweet on the government's official Twitter account.

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Local papers also published several posts Jaukovic put on his Facebook page reflecting his anti-NATO views in a country which joined the military alliance past year.

Police said in a statement that the man threw a bomb into the embassy yard and then committed suicide by activating another one around midnight Wednesday. The blast created a crater on embassy property but caused no major damage.

Earlier on Thursday, police said they were "working intensively" to identify the attacker.

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Police sealed off the area around the embassy after the explosion.

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