The U.S. Embassy in the Balkan state of Montenegro was attacked Thursday by an individual armed with a hand grenade, who hurled the explosive at the compound before blowing himself up.
The area was sealed off by the police and the embassy warned Americans to avoid the area because of “an active security situation.”
“The U.S. embassy in Podgorica advises U.S. citizens there is an active security situation at the U.S. embassy in Podgorica,” it said. “Avoid the embassy until further notice.”
The government of Montenegro said an unknown assailant threw the grenade into the embassy compound in the evening and then blew himself up with another explosive device.
U.S. Embassy in Podgorica advises U.S. citizens there is an active security situation at the U.S. Embassy in Podgorica. Avoid the Embassy until further notice. Follow @USEmbassyMNE and @TravelGov for updates. https://t.co/LIrKnCAD87
— Department of State (@StateDept) February 22, 2018
There are no reported deaths except of the attacker.
The New York Times reported that a witness saw the man throw the object over the wall at around midnight. The embassy was closed at the time of the attack.
Security officials swept the grounds and found no other threats. Employees were told to stay home on Thursday, the paper reported.