Congressman Kinzinger issues statement on U.S. Embassy attack in Turkey

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Congressman Kinzinger issues statement on U.S. Embassy attack in Turkey

February 1, 2013 Updated Feb 1, 2013 at 5:18 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A Turkish security guard was killed when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives at an entrance gate of the US Embassy in Ankara on Friday.

Turkish officials have identified the bomber as Ecevit Sanli, a member of a far leftist group called the Revolutionary People's Liberation party.

Following the terrorist act, U.S. officials immediately warned Americans to stay away from U.S. diplomatic facilities in Turkey.

Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement in regards to the terrorist attack: 

"An act of terror against the U.S. Embassy on our ally's soil is meant to destabilize our alliance with that country. Turkey is one of our most important NATO allies and we will remain committed to working with them to combat terrorist groups in the region.

"I offer my condolences to the innocent life lost and I stand ready to assist the State Department and Turkey.  We must ensure our diplomats are not only protected, but also have the confidence in knowing their country will do everything in its power to protect them so they may serve their country to their full potential."

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