At least one person was killed in what the State Department called a "terrorist blast" outside the U.S. Embassy in Turkey today.
The explosion, which occurred at a checkpoint to the embassy in Ankara in the early afternoon local time, claimed the life of an embassy guard and wounded a Turkish citizen, U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Francis Ricciardione told reporters.A Turkish provincial governor said the blast was the work of a suicide bomber, according to a report by the BBC.
Television footage from the scene showed damage to a part of an outer gatehouse, which is adjacent to the main building.
U.S. officials said that Turkish police are investigating the incident.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.