Suicide bomber attacks US embassy in Turkey, two dead

Suicide bomber attacks US embassy in Turkey, two dead

Ankara : Turkey | Feb 01, 2013 at 10:15 AM PST
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US Embassy in Ankara Attacked

UPDATE 2-2-13 9:20 AM PST

Reuters is reporting a leftist group is claiming responsibility for the attack on the US embassy in Ankara, Turkey yesterday with this statement:

The Revolutionary People's Liberation Army-Front (DHKP-C) said it carried out Friday's attack, in which a suicide bomber detonated explosives strapped to his body at the embassy in Ankara, killing himself and a Turkish security guard.

In a statement on "The People's Cry" website, the DHKP-C, which is listed as terrorist organization by the United States and Turkey, warned Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan he too was a target.

"Murderer America! You will not run away from people's rage," the statement said, next to a picture of the bomber, named as Alisan Sanli, wearing a black beret and military-style clothes and with an explosives belt around his waist.


UPDATE: 2-1-13 1:30 PM PST

The New York Times is reporting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the issue had “pretty much been clarified” because the bomber had been identified, by a skin mark on his head, as a former prisoner once incarcerated for domestic terrorism. Mr. Erdogan said DNA testing was under way and would be announced on Saturday.


A suicide bomber exploded a device at the entrance to the US Embassy in Ankara, Turkey today. The blast killed the bomber and one unidentified guard, according to CBS news.

US Ambassador Francis Ricciardione told reporters that a guard at the gate was killed in the 1:15 p.m. blast, and a Turkish citizen was wounded. Reuters quoted Ricciardione as saying the slain guard was a Turkish national. US Embassies are usually guarded by a combination of local security personnel and American diplomatic security forces.

Today is Hillary Clinton’s final day as secretary of state. John Kerry, the new secretary, will be taking charge most likely with this tragedy. Jay Carney called the attack an “act of terror” in his statement from the White House.

The bomber is reportedly a member of an organization opposing American influence over Turkish foreign policy. Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan has called for a global effort against “terrorist elements,” according to a Middle Eastern news source,

So far no group has claimed responsibility for the attack; however, Islamist far-left groups like Kurdish separatist militants have launched attacks in the past and are suspects.

Interior Minister Muammer Guler said the bomber was a member of a far-left group. The US State Department said it was working with Turkish police to investigate what it described as "a terrorist blast."


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Dava Castillo is based in Clearlake, California, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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  • Man identified as Ecevit Sanli carried out the suicide bombing attack at the US Embassy in Ankara, Turkey on Friday. (Image:  AFP)

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  • 	Bomb blast at US embassy in Ankara, Turkey. (Image:  France Press: Getty Image)

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