You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade now to a modern browser in order to benefit of all our site's features: Chrome, FireFox, Opera, Safari or Internet Explorer. [Close]

The Official Blog of Fox News Channel

LATEST: Turkish Prime Minister Says Explosion at U.S. Embassy Was Suicide Bombing

We're learning more this morning about a terror attack outside the U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital Ankara. Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has now confirmed that a suicide bomber struck at a security checkpoint at the entrance to the facility. A Turkish guard was killed along with the attacker. AP reports at least one person was injured.

Amy Kellogg reported live at the top of the hour on America's Newsroom, saying it's still unknown which group was behind the blast. She said this attack took place in a very secure area of Ankara.

"We can confirm a terrorist blast at a check point on the perimeter of our embassy compound in Ankara, Turkey, at 1:13 p.m. local time. 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. We will share more information as it becomes available," U.S. State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement.

U.S. military sources tell Fox News that American staff at the embassy are safe.


The U.S. had recently approved the delivery of Patriot missile batteries to Turkey to deploy near the Syrian border. The bombing also comes just days after an Israeli airstrike hit a convoy inside Syria. Israel suspected the convoy was carrying advanced weapons to Hezbollah militants in Lebanon.

Martha MacCallum provided some background on terrorist groups that operate in and around Turkey, which has seen increasing tension with Syria.

Watch the latest report:

Follow Fox News Insider, the official blog of Fox News Channel on Twitter and Google+!

Leave a Comment0

Today's Front Page Stories

Don't want to keep checking back here for the latest from Fox News? That's cool. We'll come to you ...

Connect with Fox News


Stay connected with the most-trusted name in cable news through exclusive videos, blogs, polls, contests and behind-the-scene details.

Get More Fox!

Greta Is Wired! is the official blog of Greta Van Susteren. Get Greta’s breaking news alerts, pictures, videos, polls, and behind-the-scenes exclusives. Plus, speak out on open threads, as well as the live chat page. Connect to the GretaWire community ... and to Greta herself!

Fox News Presents: 'My America with Elisabeth Hasselbeck'

Fox News Channel presents an exciting new feature series, My America with Elisabeth Hasselbeck. From the quirky to the inspirational, "My America" reveals who we are as a nation – driven, passionate and uniquely American. Watch the latest installment, an up-close look at the beloved Oscar Mayer Wienermobile!