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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 06:32 AM

Explosion in Front of U.S. Embassy in Ankara (Two Killed)

Source: Reuters

@BreakingNews: Update: Suicide bomber detonates bomb at US Embassy in Turkish capital; 2 killed, police say - @AP

Fri Feb 1, 2013 6:44am EST

ANKARA (Reuters) - An explosion in front of the U.S. embassy in the Turkish capital Ankara on Friday wounded several people, Turkish media reported.

A Reuters witness reported a loud explosion in the area and the Dogan news agency said ambulances and fire engines went the to the site.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE9100I620130201

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Reply Explosion in Front of U.S. Embassy in Ankara (Two Killed) (Original post)
Hissyspit Feb 2013 OP
drm604 Feb 2013 #1
Roland99 Feb 2013 #2
mainer Feb 2013 #3
Berlin Expat Feb 2013 #6
davidpdx Feb 2013 #4
Bosonic Feb 2013 #5
mainer Feb 2013 #7
Rhiannon12866 Feb 2013 #8
struggle4progress Feb 2013 #9
24601 Feb 2013 #10


Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 07:35 AM

2. Violence is such an efficient way to exact change.



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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:01 AM

3. I'm guessing Kurdish separatists

When I was in Turkey on business, my local colleagues wouldn't let me walk anywhere without an escort, because the separatists had just hijacked a ferry.

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Response to mainer (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:42 AM

6. It could be

but I doubt it'd be the PKK. Thus far, they've never attacked a US target, even though the State Department lists the PKK as a terrorist organization.

Maybe some new separatist org on the scene?

It could be extremists as well......there are extremist groups operating in Turkey, though the police and intelligence services do a good job keeping track of them. It's just the odds, sad to say. Sooner or later, one of them will slip through.

*EDIT* This just came over the Hürriyet website: the bomber is linked to a radical leftist org known as the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C). They are an illegal organization in Turkey. Here's the link to the Hürriyet English report: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/Default.aspx?PageID=238&NID=40308

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:18 AM

4. CNN confirms 2 killed

It doesn't look like a lot of damage was done to the US Embassy itself. The person at the checkpoint was a Turkish security guard, the other the nimrod who set off the bomb. It looks like they are going to start stepping up these attacks on US Embassies and making them targets on a regular basis. Those of us overseas depend on the embassies and consulates for contact with our home government.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:37 AM

5. Suicide bomber at U.S. Embassy believed to be Turkish

(Reuters) - A suicide bomber who attacked the U.S. Embassy in Turkey on Friday, killing himself and a security guard, was believed to have been a Turkish citizen, Interior Minister Muammer Guler told reporters.

Guler said a woman was badly wounded in the attack on the U.S. mission and that two security guards were receiving out-patient care at a hospital.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/01/us-turkey-usa-blast-bomber-idUSBRE9100RU20130201

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Response to Bosonic (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 10:13 AM

7. How very sad. I love Turkey and its amazing people.

One of the friendliest countries I've ever visited.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 04:15 AM

8. K&R...

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Sat Feb 2, 2013, 08:19 AM

9. US embassy bomber spent five years in jail on terror charges


James Legge
Saturday 02 February 2013

... Ecevit Sanli, 40, was released after being diagnosed with a brain disorder incurred during a hunger strike.

He used TNT and detonated a hand grenade in the attack, it was confirmed.

Sanli was a member of the outlawed leftist Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front, or DHKP-C, which has claimed responsibility for assassinations and bombings since the 1970s but has been relatively quiet in recent years.

The motives for yesterday's attack remain unclear ...

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/us-embassy-bomber-spent-five-years-in-jail-on-terror-charges-8478184.html

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 08:29 AM

10. Probably because of Russell Crowe's "singing" in Les Mis. I can see why that would

incite murder. (sarcasm noted)

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