02/01/2013 09:09 am ET Updated Apr 03, 2013

U.S. Embassy Attack In Turkey: 'Terrorist Blast' Will Be Investigated, State Department Says

WASHINGTON, Feb 1 (Reuters) - 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.

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. (Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Vicki Allen)

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