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US Embassy Target of Suicide Bombing in Turkey

Reports indicate two people dead following attack in Ankara

- Common Dreams staff

In this image made from video, emergency personnel are seen in front of a side entrance to the U.S. Embassy following a blast, Ankara, Turkey, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. Turkish news reports say an explosion in front of the U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital Ankara has injured several people. (AP Photo/NTV)The US Embassy in the Turkish capitol of Ankara was the apparent target of a bomb blast Friday, with early reports from the Associated Press saying that two people have been killed after an explosion near the front entrance.

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

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

There has been no official word from the US State Department at this time.

And Reuters says that a witness on the scene

saw one wounded person being lifted into an ambulance as police cordoned off the area following the explosion, which sent smoke and debris flying into the street.

Television footage showed a door blown out and masonry from the wall around it scattered in front of the entrance, although there did not appear to be any more significant structural damage.



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