Top Police Body Tightens Security at U.S. Missions in Bosnia after Podgorica Attack

Bosnia’s body for coordination of the country’s police agencies said it tightened the security at the United States diplomatic missions in Bosnia following an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Podgorica, Montenegro on Wednesday evening.

“Following the news of a bomb being thrown at the U.S. Embassy in Montenegro, the BiH Directorate for Coordination of Police Bodies increased the security at the diplomatic-consular missions of the Unites States of America in Bosnia and Herzegovina, according to the regulations,” the body told N1 network.

An unknown attacker blew themselves up after throwing a suspected grenade into the U.S. Embassy compound in Podgorica, the Montenegrin government said. According to the government, the attacker first threw an explosive device into the U.S. Embassy compound from an intersection close to a sports center. A U.S. State Department spokesperson confirmed “a small explosion near the U.S. Embassy compound“, adding that “at this time Embassy officials are working closely with police to identify the assailant(s).”

A guard at the sports center who asked not to be named told AFP he “heard two explosions, one after another.”

“Police came very quickly and the body of a man was taken away.”

In October 2011, the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo was the target of a militant attack. An Islamist opened fire with an automatic rifle at the Embassy building, wounding a police officer. He was also injured in the exchange of fire and arrested. He was later sentenced by Bosnian state court to 15 years’ imprisonment.

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