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US Embassy in Montenegro Attacked      02/22 06:21

   PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) -- Police in Montenegro said Thursday they are 
"working intensely" to identify an assailant who threw an explosive device into 
the U.S. embassy compound in the capital, Podgorica, before killing himself.

   Police said in a statement that the man threw a bomb into the embassy yard 
and then committed suicide by activating another one around midnight Wednesday.

   The blast created a crater but caused no other material damage to the 
embassy property, the statement said.

   Police sealed off the area around the embassy after the explosion.

   Officers came to the scene after receiving reports about an explosion and 
found a lifeless male body in the area of the Moraca river that runs through 
Podgorica, the statement said.

   The U.S. State Department has said embassy officials are working with police 
to identify the assailant. The embassy in Podgorica said Thursday all staff are 
safe and accounted for after the incident.

   Montenegro borders the Adriatic Sea in southeastern Europe. It joined NATO 
last year despite strong opposition from its traditional Slavic ally Russia.

   Several people, including two Russian secret service operatives, are on 
trial in Podgorica on charges that they wanted to overthrow Montenegro's 
government in 2016 because of its pro-Western policies.

   The U.S. established diplomatic ties with the tiny Balkan state in 2006 
after it split from much larger Serbia.


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