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US to probe Turkey embassy blast

Washington - 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.

Emergency personnel are seen in front of a side entrance of the U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital, Ankara, after a suspected suicide bomber detonated an explosive device, Friday Feb. 1, 2013. The bomb appeared to have exploded inside the security checkpoint at the entrance of the visa section of the embassy. A police official said at least two people are dead. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici). Credit: AP

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. - Reuters

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