State Department Responds To Turkey Embassy Attack

Category: Politics / Feb 01, 2013 4:27PM EDT
Several U.S. and Turkish staff at the U.S. embassy in Ankara were struck by debris from a suicide bombing that killed one Turkish guard on Friday (February 1), U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said. Nuland said a Turkish visitor to the embassy was in "serious condition" following the blast, which Turkish Interior Minister Muammer Guler said was carried out by a member of an illegal far-left group. Nuland said the staff members struck by debris were treated at the embassy clinic and released. Nuland condemned the attack in the "strongest terms." "One of our direct hire local guards was killed. We offer our deepest condolences to his family. We had two other direct hire guards who were shaken up they were on the other side of some bullet proof glass, we had a Turkish visitor who is in serious condition, but the only other casualties here were several U.S. and Turkish staff who were struck by flying debris, they were treated on the site at by our embassy clinic and released," she said. Nuland added that the security at the facility "ensured there were not significantly more deaths and injuries than there could have been." Video Source: Reuters