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The US Embassy in Ankara has been bombed. Reports are that it was a suicide bomber and two were killed including the bomber.

The bomb exploded at one of the entrances (for embassy personnel and visitors) to the embassy compound at a security checkpoint and one security guard was reportedly also killed.

The security entrance has been severely damaged.

Two wounded are being reported and the Turkish police have cordoned off a large area as a precaution against a second bomb.

The US embassy in Ankara is in the center of the city.

The bombing is being covered live by most of the news media in Turkey and I will add information as I get it.

2:20 pm - Photos taken just after the explosion:

Three deaths are now being reported - 2 security guards and the bomber.

2:35 pm - Latest reports state that the bomber was a middle-aged man whose nationality is not determined and that the bomb exploded in the security checkpoint and that most of the damage was to the interior side of the security check point.

The Ambassador just made a short statement to the press expressing his sadness at the loss of life and that he felt they were among friends and felt safe.  

The embassy staff are reported to have been immediatrely assembled in the embassy's safe zones and that the wounded are not embassy personnel.

2:55 pm - The live broadcasts on Turkish TV show that the area around the embassy has been cordoned off with huge numbers of police, that no civilians are being allowed in the area, and that the scene of the bombing is being investigated by Turkish police and US security personnel.

It seems that the situation is under control and that we will have to wait now for more detailed information.

3:35 pm - A few more photos of the location the bomb exploded.

One of the wounded is a former TV reporter who was going to the embassy for a visa. This video is of her being taken to an ambulance. UPDATE: She was going to visit the ambassador who had invited her to the embassy to meet with him. The ambassador has gone to hospital she is in, in intensive care, and she has a serious head injury.

A video of the location the bomb exploded (at the beginning and at 1:08)

4:40 pm - The number of dead is now set at two, a 47-year-old Turkish security guard and the bomber.

There is one reported seriously wounded, one moderately wounded, and several more with minor injuries.

The media now report that the government has announced that the bomber was a Turkish man.

This is a video filmed a very short time after the explosion and shows much more of the damage to the security check point. There is a short ad before it starts.

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