Bomber had terrorist ties

Marxist was ill, given probation,Turkey says

Posted: February 3, 2013 at 5:40 a.m.

Francis Ricciardone (left), U.S. ambassador to Turkey, consoles a relative of Mustafa Akarsu during a funeral Saturday in Ankara for the security guard who was killed in a suicide bombing Friday at the U.S. Embassy.

The suicide bomber who struck the U.S. Embassy in Ankara spent several years in prison on terrorism charges but was released on probation after being diagnosed with a hunger strike-related brain disorder, officials said Saturday.

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