August 29, 2014

Suicide bomber attack US embassy in Turkey, 2 killed

By Mirwais Adeel - Fri Feb 01 2013, 7:30 pm

Ankara blast suicide bomber attack US embassyTwo security guards were killed in a blast outside the US embassy in Ankara on Friday, local television reported, amid speculation it was a suicide attack.

Police claimed that a suicide bomber detonated a bomb at the embassy, with two people killed. A Turkish security guard was killed, along with the suicide bomber.

Television footage showed a door blown out and masonry from the wall around it scattered in front of the entrance, although there did not appear to be any more significant structural damage.

In the meantime Ankara police and health officials said two others were injured in the blast. However, Ankara Gov. Aladdin Yuksel said only one person was wounded in addition to the fatality. The suicide bomber also died, authorities said.

U.S. Ambassador in Ankara, Francis Ricciardone, said Turkish and U.S. officials will work together to determine who carried out the attack. Turkey’s foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu expressed his sorrow.

The blast comes barely a week after NATO declared that a battery of US-made Patriot missiles went operational on Turkey’s border with war-torn Syria on Saturday.

In July 2008, three gunmen and three Turkish policemen were killed in an attack outside the US consulate in Istanbul.

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