Suicide Bomber At U.S. Embassy In Turkey Kills At Least Two

An attack on the United States embassy in Ankara, Turkey kills a guard and the bomber. NBC is reporting that three are now dead. No one has claimed responsibility, but Kurdish rebels and Islamic militants are active in Turkey.

1. A suspected suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at the entrance of the U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital on Friday, killing himself and one other person, officials said.

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2. U.S. Ambassador Francis Ricciardione told reporters that a guard at the gate was killed in the 1:15 p.m. blast, and a Turkish citizen was wounded. NBC has an unconfirmed report that a third person was killed.

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3. The bomb appeared to have exploded inside the security checkpoint at the side entrance of the embassy, but did not do damage inside the embassy itself.

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4. In a statement, the U.S. embassy thanked Turkey for “its solidarity and outrage over the incident.”

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5. There was no claim of responsibility, but Kurdish rebels and Islamic militants are active in Turkey.

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6. Homegrown Islamic militants tied to al-Qaida have carried out suicide bombings in Istanbul.

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7. In a 2003 attack on the British consulate, a suspected Islamic militant rammed an explosives-laden pickup truck into the main gate, killing 58, including the British consul-general.

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8. In 2008, an attack blamed on al-Qaida-affiliated militants outside the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul left three assailants and three policemen dead.

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9. Turkey in recent months has become a harsh critic of the regime in Syria, a possible motive for the attack.

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10. Video From The Scene

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