Arrests made in Connection to U.S Embassy Bombing in Turkey

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Three suspects believed to be connected to the suicide bombing of the U.S Embassy in Ankara, Turkey have been arrested, sources say.

The arrests come one day after Ecevit Sanli, a member of Turkey's leftist Revolutionary People's Liberation Army-Front (DHKP-C), blew himself up after being prevented from entering the embassy at a perimeter gatehouse, ABC reported.

A Turkish security guard died in the attack, which also injured a journalist on her way to meet with the U.S ambassador, The New Yorker reported.

The Ankara governor's office said that DNA tests have confirmed that Sanli was the bomber, according to ABC. Sanli had been jailed in 1997 for attacks against the Turkish police and military, but his sentence was deferred after he fell ill during a hunger strike. He fled the country soon afterward.

The DHKP-C claimed responsibility for the attack early on Saturday, according to Al Jazeera. The group, considered a terrorist organization by the United States and Turkey, believes that the United States has made Turkey its "slave."

In an internet statement issued Saturday, the DHKP-C warned that Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, who the DHKP-C claims is a "puppet" of the U.S., was also a target, ABC reported. The group also called on Washington to remove Patriot missiles, part of a NATO defense system to guard against spillover from the civil war in neighboring Syria, from Turkish soil, Al Jazeera reported.

The White House condemned the bombing, calling it an "act of terror." The attack is the second assault on a US diplomatic mission in four months, according to ABC. It comes after US ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed last September when Islamist militants attacked the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

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