Wednesday 23 January 2019

Montenegro police work to identify US embassy attacker

Officials said the man threw a bomb into the embassy yard in Podgorica and then committed suicide by activating another one.

Montenegro US Embassy
Montenegro US Embassy

By Predrag Milic

Police in Montenegro said they are “working intensely” to identify a man who threw an explosive device into the US embassy compound in the capital, Podgorica, before killing himself.

Officials said the attacker threw a bomb into the embassy yard and then committed suicide by activating another one at around midnight on Wednesday.

The blast created a crater but caused no other material damage to the embassy property, they said.

Montenegro US Embassy

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

Officers went to the scene after receiving reports about an explosion and found the body of a man in the area of the Moraca river which runs through Podgorica.

The US State Department has said embassy officials are working with police to identify the attacker and internally to confirm all staff are safe.

Montenegro US Embassy

Montenegro borders the Adriatic Sea in south-eastern Europe. It joined Nato last year despite strong opposition from its traditional Slavic ally Russia.

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.

The US established diplomatic ties with the tiny Balkan state in 2006 after it split from much larger Serbia.

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