Suicide bomber at Turkey’s Iraq mission
A suicide bomber killed himself and wounded two people when his car exploded outside the Turkish embassy in Baghdad, the U.S. military says.

Colonel Pete Mansoor said a car was driven towards the entrance of the heavily-fortified mission. It blew up, killing the driver and wounding one Turk and one Iraqi.

Turkey’s parliament last week agreed to send troops to join American and other foreign troops trying to stabilise Iraq after the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in April.

U.S. troops sealed off the area around the embassy with razor wire and turned journalists away as ambulances and a fire crew rushed to the scene.

An angry crowd gathered nearby, and Iraqi police fired into the air to disperse them.

Iraqi guerrillas have attacked U.S. troops and foreign and Iraqi targets seen as linked to the U.S.-led occupation of the country.

A Turkish foreign ministry official in Ankara condemned the attack. "Just like the attack on the United Nations, this attack shows the security situation in Iraq is terrible," the official said.

"Allies of the United States must move quickly to help stabilise the country," the official added.

Posted by: tipper. 2003-10-14