Ankara, Turkey: Friday morning GMT there were reports that several people had been killed in an explosion in front of the US Embassy, located in the Turkish capital Ankara. The incident happened at 1.15pm Turkish time:
It was initially reported that the suspected suicide bomb attack, outside the US Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, resulted in the death of two security guards. The number of dead and injured was reviewed down.
The bomber reportedly tried to enter the building, before blowing himself up, reported SkyNews. The suicide bomber had managed to get inside the security checkpoint. He detonated the bomb as he was about to pass through X Ray security, at a side entrance.
Turkish Interior Minister Muammer Guler has suggested that the bomber may 'have been a member of the outlawed Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C)'. This has not been confirmed. He was believed to have been Turkish.
Journalist Ilnur Cevi reported hearing a tremendous 'bang'. He was around 400 metres away from the Embassy, in his car, when the explosion occurred. He said that he believed that there would be 'lots of casualties'. There were reports of smoke billowing from the building. Dozens of ambulances and police vehicles sped to the embassy. It is understood that no warning was issued and no organisation has claimed responsibility.
The area was cordoned off.
The BBC reported that two people were killed, one a security guard and the other the suspected suicide bomber. Several people sustained injuries, including a passer-by and an MTV journalist. The dead guard was Turkish and an employee of the US embassy. Staff at the embassy evacuated to their safe area, where they remained 'holed up'.
The embassy went into 'lockdown'. US citizens in Turkey have been advised against visiting any of their embassies. The embassy was not a 'high security' building. It was however a heavily guarded area.