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. mike

    US EMBASSY ATTACKED! More blowback for our war monger US government.

    February 1, 2013 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. mike

    US CONTINUES TO ATTACK ITSELF...Al Queda created and funded TODAY by the USA.

    February 1, 2013 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. jonathan

    3 bombings in 3 continents today. hmmm... please stay safe and be vigilant.

    February 1, 2013 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. infonomics

    We must ban suicide bombers in foreign countries. We must.

    February 1, 2013 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. Skorpio

    Questioning Islamic clerics in the vicinity of the embassy, the US can find the perpetrators. Islamic clerics, as opposed to any other religion, are the most violent, perverse, intolerant, irrational and discriminatory people. These rats are the main instigators of world violence and terrorism.

    February 1, 2013 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Big Shiz

      Yes I know,Islam is to blame for every thing wrong with the wrold,just like the soviets where in the 80's. To people like you everytime someone does somethings bad on the other side of the world it furthers your agenda of bigotry and intolerance. There are 20,000 murders everyday in this country,does that make us all barbarians? If the Sandy hook school shooting took place over there you would be talking about how evil everyone that lives over there is. Grow up your prejudice is very ugly.

      February 1, 2013 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
    • ronvan

      Have to admit that I tend to agree with your comment. While I have tried to remain "open" to Muslims and their religion one has to admit that their religious "leaders", because of their TOTAL silence, to condemn acts of terror, only results in the fact that they "suport" terrorism!

      February 1, 2013 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. Fates Warning

    I wonder if it could be some Al Assad lover.
    After all NATO just installed Patriot missiles on Turkish/Syrian border.
    The regime in Damadcus is going down.

    February 1, 2013 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Fates Warning


      Keyboard sticks, sticks, sticks.....

      February 1, 2013 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Flotsam n Jetsam

      too much hair spray from the 80's hair band "Fates Warning"? I used to love them guys!

      February 1, 2013 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. SamiT

    Suicide bomber blew himself while going through the xray at the entrance of the embassy says turkish news agencies. I personally passed by there around 1.45 pm soon after the explosion and there was hundreds of turkish cops and medics still storming to the area. i was impressed by the emergency response of turkish authorities. Also the turkish public reaction on the street shows that turkish people hate extremist ideology. Whoever i saw was damning the terrorists for this attack.

    February 1, 2013 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  8. Tutuvabene

    Looks like terrorists wanted to give Hillary a memorable send off on her last day.

    February 1, 2013 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Where is the outrage here ? I mean, damn it people, this was a US embassy we're talking about here. How could they have left their gaurd down ? Was this a planned assualt ? Was this just a isolated incident ? Why weren't these people on gaurd for this possibility ? What did they know, and when did they know it ? Was this another conspiracy by our government to get some more of our people killed ?
    Did I cover all the possible stupid. questions that could be asked during another witch hunt ?

    February 1, 2013 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Dumas

      no Americans were killed and Clinton didn't try to cover it up moron

      February 1, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      I guess you're to stupid to recognize sarcasm when you see it, huh, moron.

      February 1, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      And you should have added that extra S to your name. That would have been more fitting. Dumas s.

      February 1, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • sftommy

      Let them defend their "cause" with death and suffering. They, like so many zealots, offer nothing to the world to ease it's sufferings or justify it's potential. The sooner they, and the fools that would follow them, blow themselves up the better for the rest of humanity to evolve without them. Good riddance to bad DNA.

      February 1, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ancient Texan

    Could it be that Rand Paul knew more about the situation in Turkey than Hillary did? She seemed indignant that he asked a question about Turkey.

    February 1, 2013 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Maybe Rand Paul should be called in front of a congressional investigative commitee ?! If he had prior knowledge to this event, his failure to respond is totally unacceptible. If I were the president, I would fire him immediately.
      Does that sound kinda like the way that went down ?

      February 1, 2013 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Could it be that Rand Paul is behind the attack on the embassy??
      See, conspiracy theories are fun!

      February 1, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • sftommy

      Rand Paul doesn't even know what his own kids are doing...or what their moral values are...scary caricature of a real person.

      February 1, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    A Turkish guard was killed. Americans thankfully are safe.
    No bobcat thats about it. Your sarcasm is apt.
    The 'War on Terror" remains triumphant for decades more to come. Permit me to add to your sarcasm.

    February 1, 2013 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    No @ Mtheumer. We would rather not.
    The blood shed by Christians of each other and other races down the long road of history may never be known to us.

    February 1, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    Another student was shot in a school in Atlanta & that is of more concern to me & should be to all parents & grand parents.

    February 1, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bobcat (in a hat)©

    @ saywhat

    You are right. The war on terrorism is a neverending story. As long as there are people that feel they are getting a raw deal ( real or fabricated ) there will always be that need to look over ones shoulder. My biggest concern though, is the rise of domestic terrorism. With all the anti government rhetoric being bounce around these days, I feel our sights need to be set inside our own population as well as all the others.

    February 1, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • MPawesome-o

      I am more afraid of the people that love the government and everything it is doing to our nation.

      February 2, 2013 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  15. the prophet

    People u got it all wrong its not about religion rather big money and power, in Northern Ireland NRA was made part of the government and all terrorist activities stopped.
    What am saying is as long as the left is kept out there will be clashes

    February 1, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
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