DHKP-C group claims US embassy suicide blast in Ankara

Nihan Sevinc, Turkey's NTV news: "Attack happened in front of visa section"

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Turkey's extreme-left Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) has said it carried a suicide attack on the US embassy in Ankara on Friday.

It said the "act of self-sacrifice" had targeted the US, which the group called "murderer of the people of the world".

The bomber and a guard were killed in the attack at a side entrance of the heavily guarded compound.

The US has warned its citizens not to visit diplomatic missions in Turkey until further notice.

In an online statement the DHKP-C said: "Our warrior Alisan Sanli carried out an act of self-sacrifice on 1 February 2013, by entering the Ankara embassy of the United States, murderer of the people of the world."

Who are the DHKP-C?

Protesters from outlawed leftist group DHKP-C march with red flags during a May Day rally in central Istanbul, on May 1, 2011
  • Formed in 1978 as a splinter group from a larger Marxist organisation
  • Stated aim is to install Marxist government in Turkey
  • The government blames them for a string of attacks over the years that have killed dozens of police and soldiers
  • Group has been accused of adopting tactics of al-Qaeda in attempt to gain prominence

Turkey and the US have denounced the incident as terrorism.

A number of illegal groups ranging from Kurdish separatists to leftist and Islamist militants have launched attacks in Turkey in recent years.

The US state department said a Turkish woman visiting the embassy had been seriously hurt and several staff members had suffered minor injuries.

The DHKP-C is designated a terrorist organisation in the US and Europe.

It has been blamed for a number of attacks since the 1970s, including some on US diplomatic missions.

Turkish police carried out a series of raids on suspected members in January.

The embassy building is heavily protected but the US has had long-standing plans to move its compound elsewhere for security reasons.

It was recently reported to be in the final stages of a deal to choose an alternative location.

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