Friday, February 1, 2013

Suicide Bombing at U.S. Embassy in Turkey on Hillary Clinton's Last Day at State Department

At the Guardian UK, "US embassy bombing in Turkey called 'act of terror' by Obama administration":
Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says early information links Ankara bomber to a domestic militant group.
The Obama administration has declared a suicide bomb at the US embassy in Turkey, in which the attacker and a local guard died, as an "act of terror".

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said preliminary information obtained by police indicated that the bomber was likely connected to a domestic left-wing militant group.

A Turkish television journalist was also seriously wounded in the blast, which happened at around 1.15pm local time in the Turkish capital, Ankara. Two other guards sustained lighter injuries. The ambassador, Francis Ricciardione, was unhurt.

According to Turkish daily Radikal, the suicide bomber was Ecevit Sanli, a leftwing activist and member of leftwing organisation Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front, or DHKP-C. He was arrested in 1997 for an attack on a military dorm in Istanbul, and released in 2002, following an illness sustained by a period of hunger strike in prison.

Friday's explosion occurred inside the security checkpoint at the side entrance to the embassy, which is used by staff. A guard standing outside the checkpoint was killed while the two guards who were wounded "were standing in a more protected area", said the interior minister, Muammer Guler.

The embassy building in Ankara is heavily protected and located near several other embassies, including those of Germany and France.

Turkish police closed off the street to all traffic for fear of a second bomb attack, and embassy staff were moved to secure rooms inside the building.

In a statement, the embassy thanked "the Turkish government, the media, and members of the public for their expressions of solidarity and outrage over the incident".

In Washington, Victoria Nuland, the state department spokeswoman, said: "We are working closely with the Turkish national police to make a full assessment of the damage and the casualties, and to begin an investigation."

At the White House briefing, Jay Carney said: "A suicide bombing in the perimeter of an embassy is by definition an act of terror, a terrorist attack." But he also said: "We do not know at this point who is responsible or the motivations."
And here's the Washington Post, "Suicide bombing at U.S. Embassy in Turkey kills Turkish guard." This bit is intriguing:
Turkey, a key NATO ally, blamed the assault on a left-wing militant group with roots in the Marxist movements of the 1970s and a history of attacks on Turkish and American security targets.

There was no immediate indication of a link either to al-Qaeda or to militants in neighboring Syria. But analysts said the group identified by Turkish officials, the outlawed Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front, or DHKP/C, has received protection and help from within Syria.

No "immediate link." I'm sure we'll know for sure sometime after Hillary's secured the 2016 Democrat nomination. The freaks.