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Suicide bomber detonates explosive device at U.S. Embassy

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A suicide bomber has detonated an explosive device at the U.S. embassy. Turkish police and U.S. officials are trying to figure out who was behind the deadly explosion. Those inside the embassy are safe, but the suspected suicide bomber killed himself and a guard.

Paramedics rushed an injured woman to a waiting ambulance outside the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.

A suspected suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at a side entrance to the heavily fortified embassy, killing himself and a Turkish guard.

The blast sent smoke and debris in to the streets of Turkey's capital city.

Police have sealed off the area and are examining security camera footage.  An official said they've identified two people who could be suspects.

State Department officials are calling the explosion a terrorist act and say they are working closely with Turkish police on the investigation.

So far there has been no claim of responsibility - investigators are looking at whether Kurdish rebels or Islamic militants linked to al-Qaida may be behind the attack.

The blast comes as the State Department reviews some embassy security procedures, following the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara is a heavily protected building near several other embassies and just a few blocks from the Turkish Parliament.

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