US to probe American death in Israeli raid

The dual US-Turkish national has been identified as 19-yr-old Furkan Dogan.

Updated: Jun 04, 2010, 11:29 AM IST

Washington: The United States said on Thursday it would probe the death of a Turkish-American killed in an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, but said the FBI were not involved "at this point”.

"We will look into the circumstances of the death of an American citizen, as we would do anywhere in the world at all times," State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters.

Crowley declined to specify who is "evaluating the facts" surrounding the death of the dual US-Turkish national, whom he identified as Furkan Dogan, a 19-year-old born in Troy, New York.

"We have officials at a variety of levels here and in Israel," he said, adding they were in contact with Israeli officials and the family of the deceased.

When asked if the FBI would be involved, he replied: "At this point, no."

Crowley said the Federal Bureau of Investigation might become involved if the US government launched a more formal inquiry.

"Anytime an American is killed overseas, we have the option of evaluating the circumstances and if we think a crime has been committed, then, working with the host government, we have the option of our own investigation," he said.

PTI