An unidentified man threw an explosive device, probably a hand grenade, at the US embassy building in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, around midnight before blowing himself up, the government said yesterday.
No casualties were reported from the embassy which confirmed a small explosion near its compound. The US State Department said checks were being carried out to ensure all staff were safe.
Policemen with submachine guns and police vehicles were out on the streets near the embassy building yesterday morning after the incident.
"All appropriate state bodies are undertaking measures and activities with an aim of resolving this case and securing full safety and security of the US embassy's staff," Montenegro's interior minister, Mevludin Nuhodzic, said in a video message, condemning the incident.
Montenegro state television quoting police sources said the attacker was a 43-year old man born in Serbia and residing in Podgorica. Montenegro police declined to confirm media reports to Reuters.