A suicide bomber set off explosives Friday in front of the U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital of Ankara, killing at least himself and a guard at the entrance gate, news reports say.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing. The explosion occurred inside the security checkpoint at the side entrance to the U.S. embassy. Video of the blast shows the embassy door being blown off its hinges, but the inside does not appear to be damaged. Windows of surrounding buildings were also shattered. A Turkish woman and two other guards were wounded in the blast, the Associated Press reports.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the attack showed a need for international cooperation against terrorism. The U.S. Embassy thanked Turkey in a written statement for "its solidarity and outrage over the incident," the AP reports. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said, "We are working closely with the Turkish national police to make a full assessment of the damage and the casualties, and to begin an investigation."
The attack is the second on U.S. diplomatic offices in Turkey in the last five years. Three gunmen and three policemen were killed in an attack blamed on al-Qaida-affiliated militants outside the U.S. consulate in Istanbul in 2008, the AP wrote.
Via the Associated Press