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Turkey - Suicide Bombing At US Embassy, 2 Dead

Published on: February 1, 2013 07:30 AM
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Riot police block a street after an explosion at the entrance (far right) of the U.S. embassy in Ankara February 1, 2013. REUTERS/StringerRiot police block a street after an explosion at the entrance (far right) of the U.S. embassy in Ankara February 1, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

Turkey - A suspected suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at the entrance of the U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital on Friday and at least two people are dead, a police official said.

An Associated Press journalist saw a body in the street in front of an embassy side entrance. The bomb appeared to have exploded inside the security checkpoint at the entrance of the visa section of the embassy.

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Several ambulances were dispatched to the area. An AP journalist saw at least one woman who appeared to be seriously injured being carried into an ambulance.

Private NTV television said two security guards at the entrance were killed.

The police official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government rules. The phones were not being answered at the embassy.

The embassy building is heavily protected. It is near an area where several other embassies, including that of Germany and France, are located. Police sealed off the area and journalists were being kept away.

There was no claim of responsibility, but Kurdish rebels and Islamic militants are active in Turkey. Kurdish rebels, who are fighting for autonomy in the Kurdish-dominated southeast, have dramatically stepped up attacks in Turkey over the last year.

As well, homegrown Islamic militants tied to al-Qaida have carried out suicide bombings in Istanbul, killing 58, in 2003. The targets were the British consulate, a British bank and two synagogues.

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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 Feb 01, 2013 at 10:49 AM another Obama foreign policy failure Says:

Unfortunately with Obama's weak stance on foreign policy, exemplified by his apologetic tendecies with regard to dictators, wishfully thinking that will 'turn them around' has made America and the Western world at large much more vulnurable to emboldened tettorists.
Impeach him please, quick.
The only ones that he has strong stances against, are the American people and constitution.

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 Feb 01, 2013 at 02:40 PM MarkTwain2 Says:

Turkey should be faulted for this since the terrorists entered its country by way of flotilla.

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 Feb 01, 2013 at 02:52 PM A Says:

Reply to #1  
another Obama foreign policy failure Says:

Unfortunately with Obama's weak stance on foreign policy, exemplified by his apologetic tendecies with regard to dictators, wishfully thinking that will 'turn them around' has made America and the Western world at large much more vulnurable to emboldened tettorists.
Impeach him please, quick.
The only ones that he has strong stances against, are the American people and constitution.

Of course you're right because the US was never attacked by terrorists before Obama became president. Idiot.

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 Feb 01, 2013 at 04:08 PM Secular Says:

I think this is a reaction to that horrendous movie zero dark thirty. It depicts the tracking and killing of Osama bin Laden, and incites muslim violence. Kathryn bigelow should be brought to justice, and all her awards stripped. No Oscar!

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 Feb 01, 2013 at 04:32 PM esther Says:

Reply to #3  
A Says:

Of course you're right because the US was never attacked by terrorists before Obama became president. Idiot.

after 911,the bush administration was of course on high alert and there weren't any further terrorist attacks. this and especially bengahzi are inexcusable knowing what we know now post sept. 11.

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