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. Hide Behind

    Lots of holes in this story and is that way for.....
    Possibilitys without ends leave but the officialy approved statements as the spin.
    What is truth, the official asked.......
    When no voice was heard
    He just washed his hands,
    And threw the dirty water
    On the crowds imaginations.

    February 1, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RevNowWhileWeCan

    I would like to see more reporting on the drone wars that kills many, many more innocent children than any school shootings and is a directly responsible for terrorism perpetrated against Americans abroad. 1 in 3 Pakistan Drone Strikes and 1 in 7 of all CIA Drone Strikes Kills a Child , More Than 200 Children Killed in America’s Drone War in Pakistan.

    Hi saywhat, banasy, cat and chrissy! Just passing thru.............. :D

    February 1, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Hey, RevNow, long time, no see!
      I hope you're doing well!

      February 1, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RevNowWhileWeCan

    P.S.
    Syria has the right to strike back against Israel in defense of Israel's recent attacks inside Syria's borders.

    February 1, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • rapid fire

      Syria didn't respond and will not do so because of the same reason turkey didn't respond when Israeli special forces intercept 9 Turkish terrorist on the Marmara , syria is too weak to threat the i.d.f , maybe they have the right but they didn't have the guts to do so

      February 2, 2013 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    News came in that the bomber was member of a Marxist-Leninist group. Well that sure is intriguing.

    February 1, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    @ Revnow
    Been missed.
    The toll of innocent civilians killed in drone attacks including women & children exceeds estimated 3000.
    All efforts by the UN to investigate & declare it illegal are being thwarted.

    February 1, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    @bobcat
    On Rand Paul. This man has spent most of his political career serving Israel's interests while feeding off of of this land of ours like many others of his kind up on the Hill. He'll not give a damn if doesn't serve that objective.

    February 1, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Gold Dragon©

    Good evening everyone.

    All over the world people are going coo coo for coco puffs for some lame reason, be it religion, political, etc. Just getting crazy no matter what country you live in.

    February 1, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Hey Gold Dragon
      Long time no see. You are right, the world has lost it's mind. Exactly what is is they're looking for, one can only speculate on.

      February 1, 2013 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    Hello@ bobcat, banasy, saywhat and @ revnow, how the heck are ya? Glad to see you back. And @ bobcat, no jokes today? Whaddup with that? Lol

    February 1, 2013 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Hey chrissy

      I am doing pretty good. Are you guys still in the deep freeze up there ? Iwas able to post one joke on Fridays Live Events blog. My others have been blocked, so I gave up for the day.

      February 1, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    Lmao @ bobcat, NEVER give up! Heres Todayr Quirky News: Burger King admitted to using horsemeat in their burgers in Ireland and the UK today. Have it your neighhhhh!

    February 1, 2013 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      @ chrissy

      That is too funny. That puts a whole new twist on you friendly neigghhhhborhood hamburger stand. I thought I was the crazy one on here, but I see you're keeping the same gait.

      February 1, 2013 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    I dunno bout that @ bobcat, lol, you set the bar pretty high!

    February 1, 2013 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    But heres one just for you: Jim arrives home to find his wife lying on the floor in a pool of sweat. He rushes over and rouses her. Its then that he notices that shes wearing a parka and a mink. "Are you ok? What are you doing? he asks. "You've been promising to paint the living room for months now," she explains groggily. "I wanted to prove that i could do just as good a job as you, and faster too." "Well, it does look like you did a good job," Jim says, looking around. "But why are you all bundled up?" "I know how to read, she snaps. "The can said 'For best results put on two coats.""

    February 1, 2013 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      That one cracks me up every time. Thank you for that. And as far as setting the bar high, In most cases I think we could step over it.

      February 1, 2013 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bobcat (in a hat)©

    You keep talking like that and I'm not going to be able to get my hat on.

    February 2, 2013 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  13. Scottish Mama

    Good night everyone. Nice to be able to post something for a while.

    February 2, 2013 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  14. billy bob

    hopefully the family is getting alot of love that lost their loved one..

    February 5, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. poptropica

    this is some weird stuff who would do this.

    February 5, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
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