Pax Tecum sends us a link to a BBC story about a suicide bomber outside the US embassy in Ankara, Turkey this morning. No group has taken reponsibility for the attack yet;
The US ambassador confirmed that a member of the embassy’s Turkish staff had been killed.
Video shows damage to a checkpoint although reports say there was no damage inside the embassy.
One other person was wounded by the blast, in an area also home to other diplomatic missions.
Embassy staff were taken to secure rooms in the building, a reporter told Turkish channel NTV.
Fox News says that one woman was seen being loaded into an ambulance;
The bomb appeared to have exploded inside the security checkpoint at the side entrance of the embassy, but did not do damage inside the embassy itself. Footage showed that the door had been blown off its hinges and debris littered the ground and across the road. An Associated Press journalist saw a body in the street in front of an embassy side entrance.
The police official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government rules, said police had examined security cameras around the embassy and had identified two people who could have been the suicide bomber.
Well, at least casualties were relatively low this time, but it will be interesting to see how John Kerry will react to this on his first day in office as the Secretary of State. I expect he’ll be surrendering by lunch.