Suicide bomber kills 1 outside U.S. embassy in Turkey

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    UNDATED (CBS) -- Turkish police and U.S. officials are trying to figure out who was behind a deadly explosion at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara. Those inside the Embassy are safe, but the suspected suicide bomber killed himself and a guard.

    Paramedics rushed an injured woman to a waiting ambulance outside the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.

    A suspected suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at a side entrance to the heavily fortified embassy killing himself and a Turkish guard. U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Francie Ricciardone says, "Right now we are all dealing with our sadness at the loss of our fellow member of our embassy. We salute his bravery."

    The blast sent smoke and debris in to the streets of Turkey's capital city. Police have sealed off the area and are examining security camera footage. An official said they've identified two people who could be suspects.

    State Department officials are calling the explosion a terrorist act and say they are working closely with Turkish police on the investigation.

    So far there has been no claim of responsibility but investigators are looking at whether Kurdish rebels or Islamic militants linked to al-Qaida may be behind the attack.
    The blast comes as the State Department reviews some embassy security procedures, following the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Bengazi, Libya.
    The U.S. Embassy in Ankara is a heavily protected building near several other embassies and just a few blocks from the Turkish Parliament.
    The State Department is advising U.S. citizens traveling or living in Turkey to be alert for potential violence and to avoid demonstrations and large gatherings.

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