Turkish Bombing Called A Terrorist Act By Obama Administration
The suicide bombing that took place outside the U.S. embassy in Turkey's capital city Ankara was named an act of terror by the Obama administration.
The explosion took place this Friday, and took the life of the attacker and a local security guard while seriously harming a Turkish journalist and two other security guards working for the embassy.
No terrorist organization claimed the attack but police and local Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the bomber might have had ties to a Turkish left wing militant group.
According to sources in the Turkish media the bomber was named Ecevit Sanli, and was a member of the left wing organization named Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party.
He was arrested back in 1997 but was released early, in 2002, as he developed a severe illness while on hunger strike.
The attack was surprising as the U.S. embassy in Ankara is heavily guarded and is situated next to other big embassies like those of Germany and France.
Turkish police closed the street and the surrounding area immediately after the attack for fear of a second bombing, while all embassy workers were taken to safe rooms inside the embassy.
Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan said that events like this show the need for cooperation between countries to fight all forms of terrorism. He also mentioned the Turkish security guard that died calling him a “Turkish hero”.