Grenade attack launched on U.S. embassy in Montenagro

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To a scene there arrived police officers and the Prosecutor who headed the investigation of the incident.

The newspaper also said 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". There was no immediate official confirmation of his military past or awards.

A profile photo from a social media account in the name of Dalibor Jaukovic.

Montenegro, the smallest of all former Yugoslav republics, was the 29th country to join North Atlantic Treaty Organisation last May. However, based on current reports it is unclear whether two explosive devices were thrown or whether the attacker died after hurling one.

Embassy officials say the man threw a small device, likely a hand grenade, near the compound.

"The Embassy conducts an internal procedure to determine the safety of its employees", said Adler.

Police guard the entrance to the United States embassy building in Podgorica, Montenegro, February 22, 2018.

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The U.S. State Department said it doesn't believe the attack "is part of an ongoing threat". Police sealed off the area after the blasts around midnight (2300 GMT Wednesday).

A security alert was issued over the incident with USA citizens being urged to avoid the embassy until further notice.

"Avoid large gatherings and demonstrations, and follow the instructions of local authorities", the note from USA officials continues.

The European Union is following the "developments on the ground", Maja Kocijancic, a spokeswoman for EU foreign-policy chief Federica Mogherini, told RFE/RL.

Due to the night hours, the embassy compound was closed so there were no other victims, nor were great damages.

A European Union report from 2016 estimated that around 20 Montenegrins joined militant forces in Syria since 2012, where the Islamic State group (ISIS) eventually rose to influence.