Media reports in Turkey have suggested that the suicide bomber who blew himself up outside the United States Embassy in Ankara on Feb. 1 had crossed into the country from Greece.
The bomber, identified as 40-year-old leftist militant Ecevit Sanli, killed himself and a Turkish security guard in the attack. The next day, the outlawed leftist militant group Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front, DHKP-C, claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted on a website that official said was linked to the group.
Turkish Interior Minister Muammer Guler said Sanli had fled Turkey after he was released from jail in 2001, but managed to return to the country ‘‘illegally,’’ using a fake ID. Reports said that he went to Germany, where he applied for asylum using false documents, before returning to Turkey via Greece.
Hurriyet Daily News said that Sanli’s “illegal entrance through the Greek islands, alongside those who may have helped him, is also currently being investigated.” It was not reported when he made the passage or how he got into Turkey.