Man blows himself up outside USA embassy in Montenegro

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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.

A suicide attacker blew himself up after throwing an explosive device into the USA embassy compound in Podgorica, the Montenegrin government said on Thursday.

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

A family friend has described the man who allegedly hurled a bomb into the USA embassy compound in Montenegro's capital Podgorica and then killed himself as 'a good patriot'.

"According to the investigation so far, this male person was killed due to the activation of an explosive device after having previously thrown an explosive device - a bomb - into the US Embassy courtyard", the statement said.

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Officers came to the scene after receiving reports about an explosion and found a lifeless male body in the area of the Moraca river that runs through Podgorica, the statement said.

The embassy was closed at the time of the attack and local media reported that no one else was hurt and that there was no significant damage to the compound.

Last year, it became the 29th country to join North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

The news site Portalanalitika.me cited witnesses as saying that police arrived quickly on the scene and sealed off the nearby Boulevard of the Revolution, close to the embassy. The embassy said Thursday all staff were safe and accounted for after the incident.

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

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