Montenegro police: United States embassy bomb not terrorism

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

Jaukovic, born in the southern city of Kraljevo, Serbia, and residing in Podgorica, launched a hand grenade to the USA diplomatic mission early yesterday and then killed himself by activating another explosive device.

A police source in the Montenegrin capital, who spoke to RFE/RL on condition of anonymity, said the suicide note by Dalibor Jaukovic was six pages long. "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.

According to U.S. State Department does not consider the incident as "part of an ongoing threat", with its spokeswoman, Heather Nauert, the embassy in Podgorica remained closed on Thursday "out of an abundance of caution", while its emergency services were open.

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The Montenegrin police confirmed that a hand grenade - so-called "kashikara" (M-75) had been used, the website CdM is reporting.

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

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On Thursday, Podgrica-based newspaper Vijesti said on its site that Jaukovic, a resident of Podgorica, was born in Kraljevo, a town in Serbia, "and was, judging by his Facebook posts, opposed to Montenegro's membership in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation".

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 United States embassy building.

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

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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 previous year. Nobody else was hurt by the two explosions. The blast created a crater on embassy property but caused no major damage.

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