US embassy bomber 'is Turkish'

A security guard has been killed after an explosion in front of the US embassy in Ankara. The suicide bomber, who died in the blast, is believed to have been a Turkish citizen, the country's interior ministry claims.

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Turkey suicide bomber 'from illegal leftist group'

Turkey's interior minister said the suicide bomber in today's deadly attack at the US embassy in Ankara belonged to an illegal leftist group, Reuters reports.

Turkish state broadcaster TRT said the bomber was 30-year-old and used plastic explosives in the attack.

The bomber is believed to have spent time in prison on terrorism-related charges, and was a member of the Revolutionary People's Liberationi Party-Front (DHKP-C), TRT said.

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Foreign Secretary condemns terrorist attack in Ankara

William Hague condemned the attack on the US embassy in Ankara and said Turkey and the US could rely on the UK's "full support" to find those responsible. He said:

My thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims of the terrorist attack at the US Embassy in Ankara today. I condemn this attack in the strongest terms. Turkey and the United States can rely on the full support of the United Kingdom as they seek to hold to account those responsible.

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