DNA Test Confirms ID of Embassy Bomber: Turkey

Ecevit Sanli was member of anti-American group

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 2, 2013 5:40 PM CST

(Newser) – DNA tests confirm that Marxist revolutionary Ecevit Sanli perpetrated the bombing attack at a US embassy in Ankara, Turkish officials said today. Sanli killed himself and a guard in the attack. A member of the Revolutionary People's Liberation Army-Front, Sanli served five years for his role in attacking two official buildings in 1997 but was released with a brain disorder after taking part in a hunger strike, the Daily Mail reports. He fled the country in 2003 and re-entered Turkey using false documents.

An image of Sanli wearing an explosives belt and black beret appeared on the Army-Front's website beside the message, "Murderer America! You will not run away from people's rage." The site took responsibility for the embassy attack and warned that Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan is also a target, Reuters reports. The group wants Washington to remove Patriot missiles from Turkey before they become operational on Monday. Turkey accepted the missiles as part of a NATO plan to defend Turkey against spillover from Syria's civil war.

Ecevit Sanli.
Ecevit Sanli.   (YouTube)
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