Fake ID found on US embassy bomber

A fake ID with the name of Irfan A. was found on the body of US embassy suicide bomber Ecevit Sanli, whose body was delivered to his family

Fake ID found on US embassy bomber

World Bulletin/News Desk

Police found a fake identity on Ecevit Sanli, the suicide bomber who staged the attack on US Embassy in Ankara, with the name of Irfan A.

Police found out that Sanli wrapped himself with nearly six kg of TNT explosives, and set them off with an electronic button.

Police also found pieces of a hand grenade which also exploded when the TNT was set off.

Meanwhile, two people were detained in connection with the fake ID on Sanli.

Security forces traced Sanli as entering Istanbul from Germany via Greek islands illegally.

The DHKP-C, virulently anti-American and listed as a terrorist organisation by the United States and Turkey, claimed responsibility in a statement on the internet.

"Murderer America! You will not run away from people's rage," the statement on "The People's Cry" website said, next to a picture of Sanli wearing a black beret and military-style clothes and with an explosives belt around his waist.

It warned Erdogan that he too was a target.

DNA tests confirmed that Sanli was the bomber, the Ankara governor's office said. It said he had fled Turkey a decade ago and was wanted by the authorities.

Born in 1973 in the Black Sea port city of Ordu, Sanli was jailed in 1997 for attacks on a police station and a military staff college in Istanbul, but his sentence was deferred after he fell sick during a hunger strike. He was never re-jailed.

Condemned to life in prison in 2002, he fled the country a year later, officials said. Interior Minister Muammer Guler said he had re-entered Turkey using false documents.

Three people were detained in Istanbul and Ankara in connection with the attack, state broadcaster TRT said.

Ankara Governor's Office said that the person, who staged the suicide attack at US Embassy in Ankara, was identified as Ecevit Sanli, a member of terrorist DHKP-C organization.

The office noted that Sanli tried to enter the embassy building from personnel and visitors gate by using a fake ID, and then set off the bomb mechanism wrapped around his body.

Meanwhile, The body of suicide bomber, who staged an attack on US Embassy in Ankara, was delivered to his family in Ankara. Family will take the body of bomber Ecevit Sanli to Black Sea province of Ordu for a funeral.

On the other hand, the security guard Mustafa Akarsu, who was killed in the attack, was laid to rest in Kizilcahamam town of Ankara.

US Ambassador in Ankara Francis Ricciardone, Ankara Governor Alaaddin Yuksel and several other officials participated in the funeral ceremony.

Lebanese political analyst and author Tony Francis said that the attack on US Embassy in Ankara was targeting Turkey's role in the region.

Noting that the attack could also target the success of the negotiations aiming to end terrorism in Turkey, Francis said that the attack would not change Turkish government's attitude, on the contrary, it would make Turkey's role in the region stronger.

A suicide blast on Friday at a checkpoint outside the US Embassy compound killed the bomber and a security guard, while wounding a Turkish journalist.


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