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Turkey: Police Name Suspect in US Embassy Suicide Bombing

Updated at 2:37am on February 3, 2013

An extreme leftist group is Turkish security forces’ chief suspect in the February 1 suicide bombing of the US embassy in Ankara that killed two people, and left several others injured.

The bomber detonated his explosives while passing through an x-ray control room in the highly fortified embassy, killing himself and at least one Turkish security guard.

Speaking to reporters at the scene, Turkish Interior Minister Muammer Güler claimed that the bomber, who died in the blast, was 30-year-old Turkish citizen Ecevit Şanlı, whom he said was linked to a banned leftist group. Some Turkish news reports have claimed that Şanlı recently served eight months in jail for participating in an illegal protest.

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Turkey: Police Name Suspect in US Embassy Suicide Bombing

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