(ANKARA, Turkey) — U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Francis Ricciardone said on Saturday that Mustafa Akarsu died a hero for protecting the U.S. embassy and saved his American and Turkish colleagues from a suicide bomber.
Akarsu was the only person killed from the embassy by a suicide attack that occurred on Friday, and he worked as a security guard for the U.S. embassy for more than 20 years, according to Ricciardone.
Hundreds attended Akarsu’s funeral on Saturday, including a dozen members of the U.S. embassy.
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