Man kills himself in Serbian bakery by detonating grenade

AP News
Posted: Mar 21, 2016 10:07 AM

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A man killed himself by detonating a hand grenade inside a bakery owned by former Serbian government minister in downtown Belgrade on Monday, police said. There were no other casualties.

Police said they were investigating the motive and circumstances of the blast, which didn't appear to be terror-related.

The bakery, which didn't sustain major damage, is owned by former Culture Minister Bratislav Petkovic. He didn't immediately comment.

The man in his 50s asked two employees and one customer to leave the popular bakery before he laid down on the floor and activated the grenade beneath his body, police said.

Witnesses said the blast sounded as if two cars crashed into each other.

"We didn't realize that anything had happened before we saw police rushing to the scene," said Vesna Zigic, a seller from a food shop across the street.

Hand grenade explosions inside cafes and nightclubs have become quite common in Serbia after wars in the Balkans in the 1990s.