Turkish paper claims Dutch link to American embassy attack
Wednesday 06 February 2013
The suicide attack which killed a security guard outside the American embassy in Ankara last Friday was ordered by Turkish left-wing extremists in the Netherlands, Dutch media quote Turkish paper Bugun as saying.
The paper bases its claims on a Turkish intelligence report and says the Dutch intelligence service was told about the presence of extreme left-wing Turks in the Netherlands.
The attack was later claimed by an extreme left-wing group DHKP/C, or Revolutionary People's Liberation Party/Front. The group opposes Turkish membership of Nato and wants the withdrawal of Dutch Patriot missile systems which are currently stationed in Turkey.
According to Bugun, the group's leader, Mussa Assaoglu, is currently in the Netherlands. The group's former leader, Dursun Karatas, also lived in the Netherlands until he died of cancer in 2008. Several dozen sympathisers are still thought to live in the Netherlands, website nu.nl said.
On Monday, two members of the group told the NRC the attack in Ankara was 'justified'.