Turkish embassy bombing: Three suspects detained, report says


Turkish policemen patrol outside the US Embassy in Ankara, a day after a leftist suicide bomber in Ankara, on February 2, 2013. Two security guards were killed in the blast outside the US embassy, local television reported, amid speculation it was a suicide attack. The force of the explosion damaged nearby buildings in the Cankaya neighborhood where many other state institutions and embassies are also located.


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Three suspects have been detained in connection to the US Turkish embassy bombing in Ankara which left a guard dead and a reporter seriously injured. 

A report on private Turkish television network NTV said that police had detained three suspects in Ankara and Istanbul, the Associated Press reported Saturday. 

Two of the detainees were being questioned in Ankara, and the third was in custody in Istanbul and was headed to Ankara, the AP reported

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The TV report did not specify the role the suspects played in the attack nor identify them, according to the AP. 

On Saturday, the Leftist group Revolutionary People's Liberation Army-Front (DHKP-C) claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing, Reuters reported

"Murderer America! You will not run away from people's rage," said a statement on the group's website,  next to a photo of bomber Alisan Sanli with an explosives belt around his waist, according to Reuters. 

Sanli had reportedly served jail time for domestic terrorism in the past, Interior Minister Muammer Guler told Reuters, adding that he was wanted by authorities.