Montenegro – Grenade Thrown at US Embassy Compound, Attacker Blows Himself Up

By Faye Higbee

The US Embassy in Podgorica, Montenegro issued a security alert on Wednesday, after a former Serbian Army trooper threw a hand grenade into the government yard and then blew himself up. The attacker was identified as Dalibor Jaukovic by a relative, and only identified by his initials D.J. by authorities. No US personnel were harmed in the incident because the embassy was closed at the time, and the grenade only left a small crater in the yard.

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US State Dept photo of US Embassy

The embassy cancelled all visa appointments for February 22, and stated that interviews will be rescheduled as soon as possible. Services for Americans will be handled on an emergency basis. The FBI is assisting with the investigation.

Suicide bomber

Facebook posts suggested that Jaukovic was strongly against NATO, and influenced heavily by dictator Slobodan Milosevic. He was born in Serbia and resided in Montenegro. Friends described him as a “good patriot.”

When Montenegro split from Yugoslavia, which was made up of Montenegro and Serbia, and began aligning with Western interests (NATO) in May of 2017, pro-Russian forces tried to topple the fledgling legislature. Two Russian agents are currently on trial in the capital city for that attempt in 2016. But the NATO has not been particularly popular in some areas, particularly after they began intervention in the Kosovo War, bombing Yugoslavia in 1999.

Twitter responses and Embassy information:

The Embassy alert read:

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Podgorica, Montenegro (February 22, 2018)

Location: Podgorica, Montenegro

Event: The 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.
Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the area around the U.S. Embassy.
    Monitor local media for updates.
  • Avoid large gatherings and demonstrations, and follow the instructions of local authorities.
  • Employ sound security practices.