Marxist group claims attack on US Embassy in Ankara
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The statement posted on the Internet by the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party (DHKP-C) on Saturday denounced American foreign policy.
It also condemned Turkey’s policy of supporting Syrian militants against the government of Bashar al-Assad.
On Friday, a bomb explosion outside the US Embassy in the Turkish capital, Ankara, killed two people and wounded several others.
Turkish Interior Minister Muammer Guler said the bomber, who was also killed in the blast, belonged to a leftist group.
The site also published two pictures of the bomber identified as Alisan Sanli, who authorities say was previously jailed for his involvement in an attack on a military compound in Istanbul in 1997.
In their statement, the group also condemned the recent deployment of NATO Patriot missile batteries in southern Turkey.
The outlawed group, blacklisted by the United States and the European Union as a terrorist group, has waged a string of attacks over the past few decades that have left dozens of people dead, including prominent political and military figures.
The group has struck American and other Western targets in Turkey before.
The Friday explosion caused damage to a checkpoint outside the embassy, but no damages inside it.
The force of the blast also damaged nearby buildings in the Cankaya neighborhood, where many other state institutions and embassies are located.