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Shooting near US Embassy in Ankara, parts of Brussels on lockdown – reports

Turkish riot police stand guard outside of the U.S. Embassy in Ankara February 1, 2013. A suicide bomber from a far-left group killed a Turkish security guard at the U.S. embassy in Ankara on Friday, blowing the door off a side entrance and sending smoke and debris flying into the street. The attacker blew himself up inside U.S. property, Ankara Governor Alaaddin Yuksel said. The blast sent masonry spewing out of the wall and could be heard a mile away. REUTERS/Stringer (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW) - RTR3D8D4

The US State Department has warned American citizens on it’s Twitter to avoid the country’s embassy in Turkey and to stay inside amid reports of a shooting in the area.

The “ongoing security incident” comes just two hours after the Russian Ambassador to Turkey was assassinated in Turkey’s capital Ankara.

The US Embassy compound, which is approximately 2.5 miles away from the art gallery where Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov was shot and killed, has been placed on lockdown, the Daily Star reported.

Americans “should avoid travel to southeast Turkey and carefully consider the risks of travel to and throughout the country,” the State Department said in the warning.

A travel warning for Turkey has been in place since October 29, alerting US citizens of “increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey.”

At the same time in Europe, the Schaerbeek area of Brussels is reportedly on lockdown with a police operation underway. Several deployments have taken place in the vicinity of Liedts Square, according to Brussels Nord police, as reported by 7Sur7.



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