Erdogan journalist wounded in US embassy bombing
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited journalist Didem Tuncay -- who was critically wounded in a suicide bomb attack at the US Embassy in Ankara on Feb. 1 -- at the Ankara Numune Research and Training Hospital on Monday morning. Tuncay has lost her right eye but is no longer in intensive care, Prof. Nurullah Zengin of Ankara Numune Hospital said in a press conference last week; however, a second announcement made by the hospital authorities on Monday said that there are positive signs of saving Tuncay's right eye. A seven-centimeter long piece of shrapnel went into Tuncay's right eye in the embassy attack. Her eardrum was also damaged and doctors are undertaking all possible efforts to recover it. Tuncay, who US Ambassador to Turkey Francis Ricciardone said was at the embassy to meet with him, sustained the serious injuries to her head when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at an entrance to the embassy. The bomber, identified as Ecevit Sanli, and a security guard died in the attack.