Friday, February 1, 2013

Two guards killed in blast outside U.S. embassy in Ankara

People stand outside the entrance of the U.S. embassy in Ankara on February 1, 2013 after a blast killed two security guards and wounded several other people. (AFP)
Two security guards were killed in a blast outside the U.S. embassy in Ankara on Friday, local television reported, amid speculation it was a suicide attack.
The force of the explosion damaged nearby buildings in the Cankaya neighborhood where many other state institutions and embassies are also located.

NTV television reported that a person detonated a bomb at the security roadblock near the entrance to the embassy’s visa section, where dozens of people wait every day.

“It was a huge explosion. I was sitting in my shop when it happened. I saw what looked like a body part on the ground,” said travel agent Kamiyar Barnos whose shop window was shattered around 100 meters away from the blast.

Police have cordoned off the area but there has been no official comment on the blast outside the highly fortified complex.

NTV television said two security guards were killed and several people wounded.

U.S. embassy staff were not immediately reachable for comment.

By Al Arabiya with agencies
Last Updated: Fri Feb 01, 2013 15:52 pm (KSA) 12:52 pm (GMT)

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