The suicide bomber, who blew himself at the entrance of US embassy in Ankara on Friday, has allegedly moved from Germany to Turkey via Greece. Turkish officials claim. Quite a number of Turkish media outlets reported this information apparently leaked by the local police.
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 and slightly injuring two more security and journalist Didem Tuncay who suffered serious head injuries.
On Saturday, outlaw leftist terrorist group 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. According to state broadcaster TRT, the group justified the attack as retaliation for American policy in Iraq, Syria, Egypt and Libya in a statement published on its website.
“In a report of Turkish security, 15 persons suspected to launch attacks had stayed for some time in 5 countries: Greece, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Syria” (Yeni Safak)
Private broadcaster NTV, citing unidentified security sources, said one of the suspects is a man whose identity Sanli allegedly used to enter Turkey illegally. He was living in Germany after released from Turkish prison in 2001 and fled.
Earlier, Turkish Interior Minister Muammer Guler said Sanli had fled Turkey after he was released from jail in 2001, but managed to return to the country “illegally,” using a fake ID. It was not clear how long before the attack he had returned to Turkey.
NTV said he is believed to have come to Turkey from Germany, crossing into Turkey from Greece. Police officials in Ankara could not immediately be reached for comment.. ( HurriyetDailyNews, Washington Post, and others)
These allegations revive past Turkish claims that Greece had “aided leftist and Kurdish terrorists.”
While there is no official comment from the Greek side, so far, some Greek news portal described it as sheer “Turkish propaganda”.
terrorists of the left and Kurdish spectrum”.