The Straits Times
Published on Feb 02, 2013

Suicide bomber kills guard at US embassy in Turkey


ANKARA (REUTERS) - A far-leftist suicide bomber killed a Turkish security guard at the United States (US) embassy in Ankara on Friday, officials said, blowing open an entrance and sending debris flying through the air.

The attacker detonated explosives strapped to his body after entering an embassy gatehouse. The blast could be heard a mile away. A lower leg and other human remains lay on the street.

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said the bomber was a member of the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), a far-left group which is virulently anti-US and anti-North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) and is listed as a terrorist organisation by Washington.

The White House said the suicide attack was an "act of terror" but that the motivation was unclear.