At least 2 dead in terrorist attack outside US Embassy in Turkish capital
- 0Feb 1, '13 by herring_RN GuideAt least 2 dead in terrorist attack outside US Embassy in Turkish capital
A suicide bomber detonated an explosive device on the outside perimeter of the U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital Friday, officials said, killing himself and an embassy guard in a terrorist attack whose motives are under investigation.
The attack was initially believed to be the work of either Al Qaeda or a proxy for Iran. Turkish media outlets, though, are reporting that authorities have identified the attacker, who reportedly was not an Islamic extremist but instead belonged to a Marxist extremist group.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney called the strike an "act of terror." But he said officials "do not know at this point who is responsible or the motivations behind the attack." ...
- 1Feb 1, '13 by herring_RN GuideDeveloping: 'Terrorist Blast' Outside U.S. Embassy In Turkey
There's been an explosion near an entrance to the U.S. embassy in Ankara, Turkey, according to multiple news reports.
Reuters says at least one person was killed. The Associated Press writes that police are saying there have been two deaths. The BBC notes that there are reports this may have been the work of a suicide bomber. It adds that:"Dozens of ambulances and fire engines rushed to the scene after the explosion, in an area which is home to diplomatic missions. According to Turkish broadcaster NTV, the explosion caused no damage inside the embassy itself."At 7:15 a.m. ET, there were no statements about the incident on either the embassy's Facebook or Twitter pages.
As is often the case in the early hours after incidents such as this, the news is likely to shift as more information becomes available. We'll keep an eye on developments. ...