ankarabombing2-1-13

As reported by Al-Jazeera English:

A security guard has been killed after a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the US embassy in the Turkish capital, Ankara, the provincial governor says.

“There were two dead in the suicide bombing, a Turkish security guard and the bomber himself,” Alaattin Yuksel told reporters, adding that a woman was also wounded in Friday’s blast in the Cankaya neighbourhood.

The US ambassador to Turkey confirmed that one of the embassy’s Turkish staff was killed.

“We are very grateful to the Turkish state and the police for the very prompt response,” Ambassador Francis Ricciardone said. “We are very sad of course that we lost one of our Turkish guards at the gate.”

According to the New York Times, the bomber was a known member of an outlawed leftist organization, as opposed to an Islamist group. Unlike the situation in Benghazi, the administration – through both Press Secretary Jay Carney, and Vice President Joe Biden – has stated this is an act of terrorism against the U.S.

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