US Embassy in Montenegro Was Closed. Then, a Boom

Attacker threw grenade, killed himself
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2018 6:45 AM CST
US Embassy in Montenegro Was Closed. Then, a Boom
A police officer stands guard outside the U.S. embassy in Montenegro's capital Podgorica, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. Police in Montenegro said Thursday they are "working intensely" to identify an assailant who threw an explosive device into the U.S. embassy compound in the capital, Podgorica, before killing...   (AP Photo/Risto Bozovic)

The offices at the US Embassy in Montenegro were closed for the night late Wednesday when the attack occurred: An unidentified man threw a grenade over the compound's wall and then took his own life using a second explosive device, reports the AP. He was the only casualty, and NPR reports no motive has been disclosed, nor is it clear if the intention was to carry out a suicide attack.

A State Department rep says the building, located in the capital city of Podgorica, was not affected, with Radio Free Europe reporting the damage was limited to a crater caused by the explosive. Americans have been warned to steer clear of the embassy until further notice. The New York Times calls Montenegro "one of the world's youngest nations": It was once part of Yugoslavia and declared its independence from Serbia in 2006. (More Montenegro stories.)

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