Ex-Serbian Soldier Attacks US Embassy in Montenegro with Grenade, Kills Himself

Pauline Gross
Февраля 24, 2018

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

The police had the boulevard where the attack - the motive of which is unknown at this time - took place blocked from the building of Montenegro's Agency for National Security, to the USA embassy building.

The Associated Press describes Jaukovic as an "ex-soldier decorated by former Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic after NATO's bombing of Serbia and Montenegro in 1999".

A police official confirmed the man was 43-year-old Dalibor Jaukovic, saying he was identified by a close relative.

A Facebook account purported to be Jaukovic's a year ago posted a photo of a plaque - seemingly signed by Milosevic - celebrating his contribution in the fighting.

Police in Montenegro said Thursday they are "working intensely" to identify an assailant who threw an explosive device into the USA embassy.

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Last year, it became the 29th country to join North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. The embassy in Podgorica said Thursday all staff are safe and accounted for after the incident.

"Avoid the embassy until further notice".

The man who threw a hand grenade at the American embassy in Montenegro's capital Podgorica, on February 22, had no previous criminal record and his act was not a terrorist one.

Although early reports implied the bomber killed himself by accident, the latest police statements indicate he deliberately committed suicide with a second explosive after throwing a bomb over the embassy walls.

The embassy building did not sustain damage during the attack and no other explosives were found, according to Steve Goldstein, the State Department's under secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs.

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