Explosion outside US embassy in Ankara, Turkey; State calls it "terror attacK"

ANKARA, Turkey - The State Department is confirming that a terror attack occurred just outside the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.

Officials in Ankara say a suspected suicide bomber detonated an explosive device killing himself and one other person, identified by U.S. Ambassador Francis Ricciardione as an embassy guard.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says the explosion occurred on the perimeter of the embassy at about 1:15 pm local time.

Her statement also says, " We are working closely with the Turkish national police to make a full assessment of the damage and the casualties, and to begin an investigation."

Turkey's Interior Minister Muammer Guler says the suicide bomber is most likely connected to a domestic left-wing militant organization.

A police official told the Associated Press that the bomber is a suspected member of the outlawed Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front.

He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not permitted to speak to the press.

The group is designated a terrorist organization by the United States but had been relatively quiet in recent years.