Bomber Kills 1, Injures 3 at US Embassy in Turkey
Embassy guard, suicide bomber killed in blast
By Newser Editors and Wire Services Suggested by RidersOnTheStorm
Posted Feb 1, 2013 6:30 AM CST
Updated Feb 1, 2013 9:37 AM CST
In this image made from video, emergency personnel are seen in front of a side entrance to the US Embassy following a blast, Ankara, Turkey, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013.   ((AP Photo/NTV) TURKEY OUT)

(Newser) – The State Department confirmed a terrorist attack today just outside the US Embassy in Ankara and told Americans to stay away from US diplomatic offices throughout Turkey. A department spokeswoman says the explosion occurred on the perimeter of the embassy at about 1:15pm local time. Officials in the Turkish capital said a suspected suicide bomber detonated an explosive in front of the embassy, killing himself and one other person at the entrance gate. US Ambassador Francis Ricciardione identified the other death as an embassy guard.

No Americans were believed to be injured in the attack, officials said, but a female Turkish journalist was also seriously wounded and two other guards sustained lighter wounds. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Turkey's interior minister, Muammer Guler, said the bomber was likely connected to a domestic left-wing militant group. He did not explain why. A police official, meanwhile, told the AP that the bomber is most likely a suspected member of the outlawed Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front. The group has been designated a terrorist organization by the US but had been relatively quiet in recent years.

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Feb 1, 2013 10:46 PM CST
Why does every suicide bomber need recognition... Just blow yourself up in private to protest. I'm so so tired of idiots killing innocent people because of their beliefs. Enough already! Was the bomber a believer of Islam? Oh no no no lemme guess, a Christian? Buddhist? Hindu? Uuuugh, I'm so sick of hearing about extremists. There will always be at least one fucktard who always wants to screw up life for those who actually appreciate it.
Feb 1, 2013 5:33 PM CST
ayatollah barak hussein obama will help!
Feb 1, 2013 11:15 AM CST
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