Islamic extremists claimed responsibility Wednesday for the killing of a Saudi Arabian Embassy employee, and the Saudi ambassador said his embassy had received more than 100 threatening letters before the attack.
Police speculated that a sole gunman shot Abdulgani Bedawi, the embassy’s telex operator, as he returned to his Ankara apartment Tuesday night, Ankara Gov. Saffet Arikan Beduk said.
In Beirut, an extremist group calling itself Islamic Jihad in Hijaz said in a statement delivered to a Western news agency that it killed Bedawi to avenge the execution of four of its followers.
The group is a pro-Iranian Shia Muslim organization whose previous statements detailed underground activity against the Saudi monarchy.