TribLIVE

| USWorld

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Embassy bomber had been in prison on terrorism charge

AP - Francis J. Ricciardone, the American Ambassador to Turkey, comforts a relative of the Mustafa Akarsu, an embassy security guard killed when a suicide bomber struck the American Embassy in the Turkish capital on Friday, during Akarsu's funeral in Ankara, Turkey, on Saturday. AP
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>Francis J. Ricciardone, the American Ambassador to Turkey,  comforts a relative of the Mustafa Akarsu, an embassy security guard killed when a suicide bomber struck the American Embassy in the Turkish capital on Friday, during Akarsu's funeral in Ankara, Turkey, on Saturday.  AP
AFP | Getty Images - The Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front, a Turkey-based radical Marxist-Leninist group, reportedly claimed responsibility Embassy blast and identified the bomber as Alisan Sanli.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  AFP  |  Getty Images</em></div>The Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front, a Turkey-based radical Marxist-Leninist group, reportedly claimed responsibility Embassy blast and identified the bomber as Alisan Sanli.

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

By The Associated Press
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, 7:58 p.m.
 

ANKARA, Turkey — The suicide bomber who struck the U.S. Embassy in Ankara spent several years in prison on terrorism charges but was released on probation after being diagnosed with a hunger strike-related brain disorder, officials said Saturday.

The bomber, identified as 40-year-old leftist militant Ecevit Sanli, killed himself and a Turkish security guard on Friday, in what U.S. officials said was a terrorist attack. Sanli was armed with enough TNT to blow up a two-story building and detonated a hand grenade, officials said.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that police believe the bomber was connected to his nation's outlawed leftist militant group Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front, or DHKP-C. And on Saturday DHKP-C claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted on a website linked to the group. It said Sanli carried out the act of “self-sacrifice” on behalf of the group.

The group called itself “immortal” and said, “Down with imperialism and the collaborating oligarchy.” But it gave no reason for attacking the U.S. Embassy. The authenticity of the website was confirmed by a government terrorism expert who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with rules that bar government employees from speaking to reporters without prior authorization.

Turkey's private NTV television, meanwhile, said police detained three people on Saturday who may be connected to the U.S. Embassy attack during operations in Ankara and Istanbul. Two of the suspects were being questioned by police in Ankara, while the third was taken into custody in Istanbul and was being brought to Ankara.

NTV, citing unidentified security sources, said one of the suspects is a man whose identity Sanli allegedly used to enter Turkey illegally, while the second was suspected of forging identity papers. There was no information about the third suspect.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read World

  1. Comets hold life building blocks