The U.S. Embassy
in Ankara opened for business today, three days after the February 1 suicide bombing that killed a Turkish guard. Enhanced security measures have been put into place at the embassy, and flags are flying at half-mast.
U.S. Ambassador Francis Ricciardione attended the funeral for Mustafa Akarsu (47), the fallen guard, on Sunday, February 2. At the funeral service, Ambassador Ricciardione issued a statement honoring the Turkish man who had served many years as a guard and was looking forward to retiring and moving to the United States to give his young son an aducation.
"In his daily routine of service, he turned out to be a hero," Ricciardione declared
. "In sacrificing his life, he saved many others, Turks and Americans, at our mission."
Witnesses at the embassy's visa security checkpoint said that Akarsu spotted the bomb on the terrorist's vest just before it detonated and alerted others to take cover.
Today, the U.S. Embassy staff commemorated their fallen colleague Mustafa Akarsu in the embassy compound
. Akarsu's son Sami and cousin Murat attended the memorial.