Police in Turkey's capital say a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at the U.S. Embassy just after 1:00 p.m. on Friday. At least two people have been killed.
The explosion happened at the side entrance to the embassy that is used by staff, inside the security checkpoint. The bomber and a Turkish guard are dead. A Turkish woman was seriously injured in the blast and two other guards sustained minor injuries.
The door to the embassy was blown off, but the inside did not appear to be damaged. The windows of nearby buildings were blown out and debris littered the ground. Staff inside the building took shelter in a safe room.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, yet, but a police official told the Associated Press the bomber was likely a member of the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front, or DHKP-C, which has been basically quiet over the past few years. The group has been outlawed and the United States has designated it as a terrorist organization.
Both Turkey and the United States condemned the attack and Americans have been urged to stay away from all U.S. diplomatic offices in Turkey.