Suspected Suicide Bombing Kills Two at US Embassy in Turkey
Bomber donates device inside security checkpoint at
entrance, killing himself and at least one other person, say
By Agencies in Ankara
February 01, 2013 "The
-- A suspected suicide bomber detonated an explosive
device at the entrance of the US embassy in Ankara, killing
himself and one other person, officials said.
An Associated Press reporter saw a body in the street in
front of an embassy side entrance. The bomb appeared to have
exploded inside the security checkpoint at the entrance to
The US ambassador, Francis Ricciardone, told reporters that
a guard at the gate was killed and a Turkish citizen
A Reuters witness saw one wounded person being lifted into
an ambulance as police cordoned off the area following the
explosion, which sent smoke and debris flying into the
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
"It was a huge explosion. I was sitting in my shop when it
happened. I saw what looked like a body part on the ground,"
said travel agent Kamiyar Barnos, whose shop window was
shattered about 100 metres from the blast.
Islamist radicals, far-left groups, far-right groups and
Kurdish separatist militants have all carried out attacks in
Turkey in the past.
The embassy building is heavily protected. It is near an
area where several other embassies, including those of
Germany and France, are located. Police sealed off the area
and journalists were being kept away. There was no immediate
claim of responsibility.
The main domestic security threat comes from the separatist
Kurdistan Workers party (PKK), deemed a terrorist group by
the US, the EU and Turkey, but the PKK has focused its
campaign largely on domestic targets.
Turkey has led calls for international intervention in
neighbouring Syria and is hosting hundreds of Nato soldiers
from the US, Germany and the Netherlands who are operating a
Patriot missile defence system along its border with Syria.
The US Patriots are expected to become active in the coming
The most serious attacks of this kind in Turkey were in
November 2003, when car bombs shattered two synagogues,
killing 30 people and wounding 146. The authorities said the
attack bore the hallmarks of al-Qaida.
Part of the HSBC bank headquarters was destroyed and the
British consulate was damaged in two more explosions which
killed a further 32 people a week later.
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