Montenegro attacker described as 'good patriot'

2018-02-22 21:30
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Podgorica - A family friend has described the man who allegedly hurled a bomb into the US embassy compound in Montenegro's capital Podgorica and then killed himself as "a good patriot".

A police official said on condition of anonymity that ex-soldier Dalibor Jaukovic threw a bomb into the embassy yard and then killed himself with another one around midnight (23"00 GMT) on Wednesday.

A family friend, Milutin Dragicevic, said on Thursday that Jaukovic was "a good patriot" during the 1999 NATO air war against Yugoslavia, then comprised of Serbia and Montenegro. He added, "I don't know what might have driven him to do this."

A US official, demanding anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the situation with reporters, said the attacker acted alone.

Jaukovic was born in the central Serbian town of Kraljevo but lived in Podgorica. Photos posted on his Facebook profile include a plaque honoring his contribution in the fight against NATO during the bombing. The plaque appears to be personally signed by Milosevic.

Many in Montenegro remain opposed to the country's membership in NATO because of the air war the alliance waged to stop the war in Kosovo when Montenegro was still part of Yugoslavia.

No one was injured when an assailant threw an explosive device into the compound.

The embassy said on Thursday on its Facebook and Twitter accounts that "all Mission personnel are safe and accounted for following the incident early this morning."

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