Turkish police had intelligence before blast at U.S. Embassy: Turkish president

2013-02-04 17:17:35 GMT2013-02-05 01:17:35(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

ANKARA, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) -- Turkish security officials had the intelligence about a possible attack by the outlawed Revolutionary People's Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C), but was not able to prevent the suicide bomb blast at U.S. Embassy in Ankara last Friday, Turkish President Abdullah Gul said Monday.

"Both our police department and intelligence service were on alert about the fact that this terror organization was seeking to launch an attack. But unfortunately, they could not prevent it, and the attack against the embassy took place," Gul said at a joint press conference with his visiting Serbian counterpart Tomislav Nikolic.

A suicide bomber from DHKP/C, Ecevit Sanli, attacked the U.S. Embassy in Ankara last Friday, killing himself and Turkish security guard Mustafa Akarsu.

Didem Tuncay, journalist, lost her right eye in the attack, but is no longer in intensive care, Professor Nurullah Zengin of Ankara Numune Hospital said at a press conference on Monday.

Zengin said Tuncay went through two operations, one in her abdomen and the other in her eye. According to Zengin, a seven- centimeter long piece of shrapnel went into Tuncay's right eye, causing irreparable damage.

Zengin said Tuncay's eardrum was also damaged, and doctors are undertaking all possible efforts to recover it, adding that Tuncay remembers the bombing and that she will be dismissed from the hospital sometime next week.

Meanwhile, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said that the government had no evidence that any foreign country was involved with the attack.

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