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Bomber Attacks Montenegro's Vijesti Newspaper

In another attack on the independent daily newspaper, an explosive device was detonated under the window of the editor-in-chief in Podgorica.

Dusica Tomovic

An explosive device detonated late on Thursday night under the newsroom window of the editor of the independent daily newspaper Vijesti.

Fifteen people were in the building at the time but no injuries have been reported. Several windows were shattered, however.

Security cameras captured the image of a person in a black jacket with a hood on his head, approaching the back of the building and placing an explosive device under the editor's window. The footage also shows a flash explosion.

Vijesti CEO Zeljko Ivanovic said it was "a terrorist attack on the newspaper and an attempt to murder the editor-in-chief, Mihailo Jovovic", going on to blame the government.

'Whoever ordered and committed this new crime, the responsibility is on Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic and his coalition government," he said.

"This is simply the epilogue to a perennial campaign led by the Prime Minister and his government, the party and the mob against the independent media in Montenegro," Ivanovic added.

Police in Podgorica have launched an investigation and the Minister of Interior, Rasko Konjevic, along with senior police officials visited Vijesti after the attack.

Konjevic said the bombing was "an attack on the country", adding that he expected the police to track down the perpetrators and stop the "cycle of undetected attacks on Vijesti".

The OSCE's media freedom representative, Dunja Mijatović, condemned the attack and called for "a swift and transparent investigation that will lead to the identification and prosecution of the perpetrators”.

In November, the Vijesti newsroom was stoned by three unidentified persons. In August, an explosive device detonated in the front of the home of the Vijesti journalist, Tufik Softic. Earlier, the journalist Olivera Lakic, editor Mihailo Jovovich and Vijesti CEO Zeljko Ivanovic were physically attacked.

In 2011, unknown persons set fire to three vehicles belonging to Vijesti.

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