Man kills himself after throwing explosive device at a closed US embassy in Montenegro

 

  • The US Embassy in Montenegro cautioned people that there is an "active security situation."
  • The embassy's statement comes amid reports of a grenade attack on Wednesday night.


The US embassy in Montenegro cautioned people that there is an "active security situation" in the capital of Podgorica on Wednesday night after a man threw an explosive device, the State Department said in a New York Times report.

A man reportedly threw the explosive device at the building, which was closed for the night, and killed only himself and injured no others, The Times reported.

Montenegro's government said in two tweets that the man "probably" threw a hand grenade before he "committed suicide with an explosive device."

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PODGORICA, MONTENEGRO - FEBRUARY 22 : Police take security measures after an unknown person 'threw an explosive device from the intersection near the Sport Center into the U.S. Embassy compound in Podgorica, Montenegro on February 22, 2018. (Photo by Adel Omeragic/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PODGORICA, MONTENEGRO - FEBRUARY 22 : Police take security measures after an unknown person 'threw an explosive device from the intersection near the Sport Center into the U.S. Embassy compound in Podgorica, Montenegro on February 22, 2018. (Photo by Adel Omeragic/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PODGORICA, MONTENEGRO - FEBRUARY 22 : Police take security measures after an unknown person 'threw an explosive device from the intersection near the Sport Center into the U.S. Embassy compound in Podgorica, Montenegro on February 22, 2018. (Photo by Adel Omeragic/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PODGORICA, MONTENEGRO - FEBRUARY 22 : Minister of Interior of Montenegro Mevludin Nuhodzic and Director of the Police Directorate Slavko Stojanovic inspect the area the after an unknown person 'threw an explosive device from the intersection near the Sport Center into the U.S. Embassy compound in Podgorica, Montenegro on February 22, 2018. (Photo by Adel Omeragic/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PODGORICA, MONTENEGRO - FEBRUARY 22 : Police take security measures after an unknown person 'threw an explosive device from the intersection near the Sport Center into the U.S. Embassy compound in Podgorica, Montenegro on February 22, 2018. (Photo by Adel Omeragic/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PODGORICA, MONTENEGRO - FEBRUARY 22 : Police take security measures after an unknown person 'threw an explosive device from the intersection near the Sport Center into the U.S. Embassy compound in Podgorica, Montenegro on February 22, 2018. (Photo by Adel Omeragic/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PODGORICA, MONTENEGRO - FEBRUARY 22 : Police take security measures after an unknown person 'threw an explosive device from the intersection near the Sport Center into the U.S. Embassy compound in Podgorica, Montenegro on February 22, 2018. (Photo by Adel Omeragic/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PODGORICA, MONTENEGRO - FEBRUARY 22 : Police take security measures after an unknown person 'threw an explosive device from the intersection near the Sport Center into the U.S. Embassy compound in Podgorica, Montenegro on February 22, 2018. (Photo by Adel Omeragic/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PODGORICA, MONTENEGRO - FEBRUARY 22 : Police take security measures after an unknown person 'threw an explosive device from the intersection near the Sport Center into the U.S. Embassy compound in Podgorica, Montenegro on February 22, 2018. (Photo by Adel Omeragic/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PODGORICA, MONTENEGRO - FEBRUARY 22 : Police experts investigate after an unknown person 'threw an explosive device from the intersection near the Sport Center into the U.S. Embassy compound in Podgorica, Montenegro on February 22, 2018. (Photo by Adel Omeragic/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PODGORICA, MONTENEGRO - FEBRUARY 22 : Police experts investigate after an unknown person 'threw an explosive device from the intersection near the Sport Center into the U.S. Embassy compound in Podgorica, Montenegro on February 22, 2018. (Photo by Adel Omeragic/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PODGORICA, MONTENEGRO - FEBRUARY 22 : Police experts investigate after an unknown person 'threw an explosive device from the intersection near the Sport Center into the U.S. Embassy compound in Podgorica, Montenegro on February 22, 2018. (Photo by Adel Omeragic/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Police block off the area around the US Embassy in Montenegro's capital Podgorica on February 22, 2018. An unknown attacker blew themself up after throwing a suspected grenade into the embassy compound in Podgorica, the Montenegrin government said Thursday. 'In front of the @USEmbassyMNE building in #Podgorica, #Montenegro an unknown person committed suicide with an explosive device. Immediately before, that person threw an explosive device,' the official government account tweeted, adding that the device was 'most probably' a hand grenade. / AFP PHOTO / AFP-Services / SAVO PRELEVIC (Photo credit should read SAVO PRELEVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
PODGORICA, MONTENEGRO - FEBRUARY 22 : Police take security measures after an unknown person 'threw an explosive device from the intersection near the Sport Center into the U.S. Embassy compound in Podgorica, Montenegro on February 22, 2018. (Photo by Adel Omeragic/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Police block off the area around the US Embassy in Montenegro's capital Podgorica on February 22, 2018. An unknown attacker blew themself up after throwing a suspected grenade into the embassy compound in Podgorica, the Montenegrin government said Thursday. 'In front of the @USEmbassyMNE building in #Podgorica, #Montenegro an unknown person committed suicide with an explosive device. Immediately before, that person threw an explosive device,' the official government account tweeted, adding that the device was 'most probably' a hand grenade. / AFP PHOTO / AFP-Services / SAVO PRELEVIC (Photo credit should read SAVO PRELEVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Police block off the area around the US Embassy in Montenegro's capital Podgorica on February 22, 2018. An unknown attacker blew themself up after throwing a suspected grenade into the embassy compound in Podgorica, the Montenegrin government said Thursday. 'In front of the @USEmbassyMNE building in #Podgorica, #Montenegro an unknown person committed suicide with an explosive device. Immediately before, that person threw an explosive device,' the official government account tweeted, adding that the device was 'most probably' a hand grenade. / AFP PHOTO / AFP-Services / SAVO PRELEVIC (Photo credit should read SAVO PRELEVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Police guard the entrance to the US Embassy compound in Montenegro's capital Podgorica on February 22, 2018. An unknown attacker blew themself up after throwing a suspected grenade into the embassy compound in Podgorica, the Montenegrin government said Thursday. 'In front of the @USEmbassyMNE building in #Podgorica, #Montenegro an unknown person committed suicide with an explosive device. Immediately before, that person threw an explosive device,' the official government account tweeted, adding that the device was 'most probably' a hand grenade. / AFP PHOTO / AFP-Services / SAVO PRELEVIC (Photo credit should read SAVO PRELEVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Police block off the area around the US Embassy in Montenegro's capital Podgorica on February 22, 2018. An unknown attacker blew themself up after throwing a suspected grenade into the embassy compound in Podgorica, the Montenegrin government said Thursday. 'In front of the @USEmbassyMNE building in #Podgorica, #Montenegro an unknown person committed suicide with an explosive device. Immediately before, that person threw an explosive device,' the official government account tweeted, adding that the device was 'most probably' a hand grenade. / AFP PHOTO / AFP-Services / SAVO PRELEVIC (Photo credit should read SAVO PRELEVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Police block off the area around the US Embassy in Montenegro's capital Podgorica on February 22, 2018. An unknown attacker blew themself up after throwing a suspected grenade into the embassy compound in Podgorica, the Montenegrin government said Thursday. 'In front of the @USEmbassyMNE building in #Podgorica, #Montenegro an unknown person committed suicide with an explosive device. Immediately before, that person threw an explosive device,' the official government account tweeted, adding that the device was 'most probably' a hand grenade. / AFP PHOTO / AFP-Services / SAVO PRELEVIC (Photo credit should read SAVO PRELEVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Police block off the area around the US Embassy in Montenegro's capital Podgorica on February 22, 2018. An unknown attacker blew themself up after throwing a suspected grenade into the embassy compound in Podgorica, the Montenegrin government said Thursday. 'In front of the @USEmbassyMNE building in #Podgorica, #Montenegro an unknown person committed suicide with an explosive device. Immediately before, that person threw an explosive device,' the official government account tweeted, adding that the device was 'most probably' a hand grenade. / AFP PHOTO / AFP-Services / SAVO PRELEVIC (Photo credit should read SAVO PRELEVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Police block off the area around the US Embassy in Montenegro's capital Podgorica on February 22, 2018. An unknown attacker blew themself up after throwing a suspected grenade into the embassy compound in Podgorica, the Montenegrin government said Thursday. 'In front of the @USEmbassyMNE building in #Podgorica, #Montenegro an unknown person committed suicide with an explosive device. Immediately before, that person threw an explosive device,' the official government account tweeted, adding that the device was 'most probably' a hand grenade. / AFP PHOTO / AFP-Services / SAVO PRELEVIC (Photo credit should read SAVO PRELEVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
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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.

No motive was discovered as of Wednesday night.

The embassy said in its statement to "avoid the embassy until further notice." Montenegro became the 29th country to join NATO last year.

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