February 1, 2013 / 2:10 PM / 5 years ago

U.S. says will investigate embassy blast in Turkey

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said it is working with Turkish officials to investigate a deadly explosion outside the U.S. embassy in Ankara on Friday.

“We are working closely with the Turkish national police to make a full assessment of the damage and the casualties, and to begin an investigation,” department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said in a statement.

Nuland called the explosion at the embassy compound’s check point at 1:13 p.m. Ankara time “a terrorist blast.” A suicide bomber killed a Turkish security guard, blowing the door off a side entrance and sending smoke and debris flying into the street.

Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Vicki Allen

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