Attacker throws grenade at US embassy in Montenegro, detonates suicide bomb 


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Police block off the area around the US Embassy in Montenegro’s capital 
Podgorica on February 22, 2018 © Savo Prelevic / AFP 

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The attack happened around 00:30 local time Thursday, when an “unknown person” 
threw an “explosive device” from the street into the US embassy compound, the 
government of Montenegro announced on Twitter. Authorities believe that the 
projectile thrown was a hand grenade. Immediately afterward the assailant 
“committed suicide with an explosive device,” the statement added.

Police have started an investigation and are now looking into possible motives 
for the attack. Authorities swiftly blocked Revolution Boulevard where the 
country’s National Security Agency and the US embassy are located. Further 
details of the incident are yet unclear.

The US embassy has meanwhile issued a warning urging people to avoid the area. 
“The US embassy in Podgorica advises US citizens there is an active security 
situation at the US embassy in Podgorica,” the US embassy in Montenegro said. 
“Avoid the embassy until further notice.” 

The diplomatic mission cancelled all visa services scheduled for Thursday, and 
said that services for American citizens will be available “on an emergency 

American diplomatic missions across the world are well used to attacks from 
belligerent locals who disagree with US foreign policy. The most deadly 
attacks, however, have been carried out by terrorists.

The first major public discontent against US embassies abroad was in Iran, 
where 52 American citizens, including foreign service agents, were held hostage 
for 444 days after a group of Iranian students took over the US embassy in 
Tehran on November 4 1979. A few weeks later, on November 21 1979, an angry mob 
destroyed the US embassy in Pakistan, burning it to the ground and killing two 
US security officers in the process over allegations that the United States was 
involved in the Grand Mosque seizure in Mecca. The same news reports drove a 
crowd in Libya to attack and destroy the US embassy in Tripoli.

The US embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, has also seen its share of anti-American 
action, notably in the 1980s at the height of the Lebanese Civil War. On April 
18 1983, a jihadist detonated a car bomb outside the US mission killing 63 
people, including 17 Americans. On September 20 1984, the Hezbollah militant 
group carried out a suicide car bombing targeting the US embassy annex in east 
Beirut, killing 24 people.


Police guard the entrance to the US Embassy compound in Montenegro’s capital 
Podgorica on February 22, 2018 © Savo Prelevic / AFP 

The biggest tragedy, however, struck the US missions on August 7 1998, when 
Al-Qaeda simultaneously attacked with truck bombs in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es 
Salaam, Tanzania, killing 224 people.

The most recent major attack against a US diplomatic mission happened on 
September 11 2012, in Benghazi, Libya. The US ambassador to Libya, Christopher 
Stevens, and three other Americans were killed during the attack.

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