Terror not suspected in Belgrade bakery blast, Serbia says

Policemen stand guard near a bakery where a man blew himself up in the center of the Serbian capital Belgrade on March 21, 2016.

Story highlights

  • The man asked employees and a customer to leave before he detonated explosives, Interior Ministry says
  • He ate two cakes first, shop owner's wife tells CNN

(CNN)A man walked into a well-known bakery in the heart of Belgrade, ate two cakes, and then asked employees to leave before detonating a bomb that killed him but caused no other injuries, according to Serbian authorities and the bakery owner's wife.

The incident is not being considered a terrorist attack because the man asked the employees and a customer to leave the shop before he detonated the device, the Serbian Interior Ministry said.
    The explosion occurred at a cake shop owned by former Minister of Culture Bratislav Petkovic. It's located on a busy street in the center of Belgrade about 10 minutes from the Serbian parliament building.
    Petkovic's wife, Jelenka Petkovic , told CNN the man came into the shop, ate two cakes and then told an employee to leave the building.
    "She asked why, and he said that he had an activated bomb with him. She and her colleague, who was also working and was already by the door, ran out of the cafe and heard a loud bang," Jelenka Petkovic told CNN.
    The building is not seriously damaged, Petkovic said.
    The man's identity and motive are unknown, according to the ministry.