Police Reportedly Detonate Suspicious Package Near US Embassy in Turkey

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Turkish riot police stand guard outside of the U.S. Embassy in Ankara February 1, 2013. Stringer/Reuters

ANKARA (Reuters) -Turkish police detonated a suspicious package near the U.S. embassy in Ankara on Monday, according to local media.

Security forces sealed off an area near the main gates of the embassy after two unidentified packages were found, the Milli yet newspaper reported. One of the packages was then detonated, the paper said, without giving further details.

No one from the U.S. authorities was immediately available to comment.

Last year a security guard was killed when a suicide bomber from a leftist militant group blew himself up outside a side gate of the embassy.

(Reporting by Gulsen Solaker and Jonny Hogg, writing by Jonny Hogg; Editing by Kevin Liffey)