Explosive device thrown at USembassy building in Montenegro

The outside of the US Embassy in Montenegro

The US embassy said in a press release that the attack took place around midnight, and that its staff were cooperating with the police on identifying the attacker.

The man who attacked the U.S. embassy in Montenegro was a strong opponent of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and had reportedly fought for the Yugoslav Army.

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.

A map of Montenegro with capital Podgorica marked on
Ex-Serbian Soldier Attacks US Embassy in Montenegro with Grenade, Kills Himself

A man threw a bomb into the embassy compound and then killed himself around midnight Wednesday.

An image apparently posted to the dead bomber's Facebook page previous year shows an award apparently signed by former Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic.

"The prosecutor is directing the police investigation and the [process of] identification", the government said on Twitter.

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Montenegro is located in southeastern Europe and was once part of Yugoslavia.

Local media on Thursday named the alleged attacker as Dalibor Jaukovic from Podgorica, a war veteran who fought with Yugoslav Army forces in Kosovo in 1999, citing unnamed police sources and Jaukovic's family.

In a statement, Montenegrin police confirmed they had found the "lifeless body of an unidentified male".

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

"Many in Montenegro remain opposed to the country's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation membership because of the air war the alliance waged to stop the war in Kosovo when Montenegro was still part of Yugoslavia", the Associated Press notes.

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