A man died after attempting to throw a grenade over the wall of the US Embassy early on Thursday in Montenegro’s capital of Podgorica.
The grenade appeared to have gone off as it was thrown into the air, and the man detonated a second device that killed him, police said, calling the death a suicide. The man’s body was found 100 feet from the embassy’s wall, according to Steve Goldstein, US undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs.
The man’s motive for throwing the device was unclear, Goldstein said. One grenade was thrown into the embassy courtyard, while a second one killed the unidentified male, according to the government of the Baltic country.
In a statement, Montenegrin police confirmed they had found the “lifeless body of an unidentified male.”
“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.
Police said the embassy incurred no damage “other than the crater remaining at the site where the bomb exploded,” adding that “evidence from the site has been collected and it will be subject to expert evaluation.”