Ankara bombing: Female suicide bomber spent time in Syria

Story highlights

  • Seher Cagla Demir has been identified as the suicide car bomber behind the attack in Ankara
  • She was born in 1992 in Turkey's eastern province of Kars
  • A security source says Demir was in Syria by December 6, 2013; they think she joined the YPG, a Kurdish armed group in Syria

Ankara, Turkey (CNN)As solemn funerals for the victims of the Ankara bombing were laid to rest on Tuesday, more details have come to light about the female suicide car bomber who claimed the lives of at least 35 civilians.

Seher Cagla Demir, a woman born in 1992 in the eastern province of Kars, has been identified as the suicide car bomber behind the attack in Ankara, according to a written statement from the Turkish interior ministry.
    She is believed to have received training from the Syria based Kurdish rebels known as the YPG, according to the statement.
    Demir was in Syria by December 6, 2013, after traveling to the city of Diyarbakir in the predominantly Kurdish southeast on November 30, 2013, according to the security source. Her family, who still live in Balikesir where Demir attended university, reported her missing on December 5, 2013. Balikesir is in western Turkey.
    Although Turkish officials have not provided