A suicide bomber exploded a device at the entrance to the US Embassy in Ankara, Turkey today. The blast killed the bomber and one unidentified guard, according to CBS news.
US Ambassador Francis Ricciardione told reporters that a guard at the gate was killed in the 1:15 p.m. blast, and a Turkish citizen was wounded. Reuters quoted Ricciardione as saying the slain guard was a Turkish national. US Embassies are usually guarded by a combination of local security personnel and American diplomatic security forces.
Today is Hillary Clinton’s final day as secretary of state. John Kerry, the new secretary, will be taking charge most likely with this tragedy. Jay Carney called the attack an “act of terror” in his statement from the White House.
The bomber is reportedly a member of an organization opposing American influence over Turkish foreign policy. Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan has called for a global effort against “terrorist elements,” according to a Middle Eastern news source.
So far no group has claimed responsibility for the attack; however, Islamist far-left groups like Kurdish separatist militants have launched attacks in the past and are suspects.
Interior Minister Muammer Guler said the bomber was a member of a far-left group. The US State Department said it was working with Turkish police to investigate what it described as “a terrorist blast.”