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Ankara, Turkey - Turkey Says It Knew Terrorist Attack Was Planned

Published on: February 4, 2013 09:34 AM
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Turkish police officers stand near the side entrance of the U. S. embassy, closed with metal sheeting, rear-center, three days after a suicide bomber attack, in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. The suicide bomber who struck the U.S. Embassy in Ankara spent five years in prison on terrorism charges but was released 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.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)Turkish police officers stand near the side entrance of the U. S. embassy, closed with metal sheeting, rear-center, three days after a suicide bomber attack, in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. The suicide bomber who struck the U.S. Embassy in Ankara spent five years in prison on terrorism charges but was released 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.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Ankara, Turkey - Turkey’s president says authorities suspected the outlawed leftist group that bombed the U.S. Embassy in Ankara was planning an attack, but did not have enough information to prevent it from happening.

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The Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front, or DHKP-C, has claimed responsibility for Friday’s suicide bombing of the embassy, which killed the attacker and a Turkish security guard and seriously wounded a former Turkish television journalist.

President Abdullah Gul said at a news conference Monday that Turkish police and intelligence officials were on high alert about the DHKP-C, knowing it was seeking to carry out an attack of some sort but didn’t know where or when.

In its claim of responsibility, the Marxist group denounced imperialism but gave no specific reason for targeting the U.S. Embassy.


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 Feb 04, 2013 at 10:12 AM grandson1 Says:

It's about time that the United States realizes that Turkey is not an ally but is deeply aligned with Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran.

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 Feb 04, 2013 at 12:41 PM Butterfly Says:

Turkey cannot be such good friends. Why didn't they put more security!! They are the HOST COUNTRY!! Some security is their responsibility. If they thought or knew that something was imminent, they should have DONE something!! By doing NOTHING, speaks quite a bit!!

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