Friday, February 1, 2013

Suicide Bomber Targets U.S. Embassy in Turkey

WSJ - ISTANBUL—A suicide bomber detonated explosives outside the U.S. Embassy in Ankara early Friday afternoon, killing at least one other person in the first deadly attack on an American target in Turkey since 2008, officials said.

A number of people were wounded in the attack, including a woman who was in critical condition, Ankara Governor Alaaddin Yüksel said in televised comments. He said a Turkish security officer who worked at the embassy was killed, along with the bomber.

The embassy was pulling together staff and gathering information about the attack, U.S. officials in Ankara and Istanbul said by telephone. They said they couldn't provide further details about the attack or about fatalities.

The embassy issued a statement thanking the "Turkish government, the media, and members of the public for their expressions of solidarity and outrage over the incident."