Suicide bomber kills one outside U.S. Embassy in Turkey
February 1st, 2013
09:22 AM ET

Suicide bomber kills one outside U.S. Embassy in Turkey

  • At least 1 killed, 2 hurt in blast near U.S. Embassy in Ankara
  • Police say a suicide bomber blew himself up in street

[Updated at 11:59 a.m. ET] Istanbul police identify the bomber as Ecevit Shanli, a member of DHKP-C, a Marxist-Leninist terror group.

[Updated at 9:19 a.m. ET] U.S. State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland issues a statement on the attack: "We can confirm a terrorist blast at a checkpoint on the perimeter of our embassy compound in Ankara, Turkey, at 1:13 p.m. local time. We are working closely with the Turkish national police to make a full assessment of the damage and the casualties, and to begin an investigation. We will share more information as it becomes available."

[Updated at 8:10 a.m. ET] The person killed in the bombing outside the U.S. embassy is a Turkish embassy guard, a senior U.S. official tells CNN. Two other people were wounded and neither is American, the official said.

[Updated at 7:38 a.m. ET] The blast happened shortly after 1 p.m. local time. The U.S. Embassy would normally be open for business at that hour, CNN's Ivan Watson reports.

[Updated at 7:31 a.m. ET] Video from the scene shows ambulances in the streets near the embassy. Security forces have closed off the area. U.S. officials have been unable to confirm details of the attack.

[Updated at 7:20 a.m. ET] Images from CNN sister network CNN Turk show a hole in a wall of a building across the street from the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.

[Updated at 7:05 a.m. ET] One person was killed and two others were wounded by a suicide bomber who blew himself up outside the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, according to Ankara police.

[Posted at 6:45 a.m. ET] CNN is working to confirm reports of an explosion near the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey. Turkey's semi-official news agency Anadolu is reporting the blast. Ambulances arrived to pick up injured people, the report said.

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  1. Me

    Why would you do this in Turkey. You should eat the dang Turkey.

    February 5, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Katie Lamber

    People from Turkey shouldn't come to U.S... U.S. people shouldn't go to Turkey, because this is what happens.

    February 5, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ike Isik

      Yeah, you are right. I think we also should send Dr. Oz , Muhtar Kent (Chairmanof the Coca Cola) and so many other successful people back to the Turkey, because they are Turkish. They dont deserve to live here because of the terrorist attacks. These attacks should definitely be related with those people.
      This is so smart, you should be a genius!!

      February 5, 2013 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • madytos

      You re wrong Katie...
      People can go everywhere in world.
      But because of these kinds people,bad things happen.
      This is about terrorism and this is so sad in everywhere...
      Peace for world....

      March 20, 2013 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. lola star

    people shouldnt go to other peoples country because this is what happens

    February 5, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Big Reggie

    It's a good thing only 1 person was killed.

    February 5, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. John

    This is terrible news, why do people do this? I think we should calm down and try to not getting in fights.

    February 5, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Billybob 527

    This isn's good and terrorism should stop now.

    February 5, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. This is not Harley Davidson ;)

    This is realy bad news to hear. There could of been kids around.

    February 6, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. jemimah

    it is so sad that so many people die even if its one person

    February 6, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. madytos

    When the rich wage war it's the poor who die

    March 20, 2013 at 11:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
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