VIOLENCE exploded in Turkey this morning as terrorists targeted police and military across the country and armed women launched an attack on the American consulate building in Istanbul.
by, Rob Virtue | Express UK
ISTANBUL, Turkey: At least eight have died in a range of attacks.
Among them are four police officers believed dead in a blast in the south-east of the country, while a soldier was killed nearby when a helicopter was shot at by Kurdish militants.
It comes just two weeks after Turkey launched a “synchronised war on terror”, which included air strikes on Islamic State in Syria and Kurds in Iraq.
Since then the country has been on a high alert to terror attacks.
Istanbul was first targeted in the early hours of Monday when a car bomb planted outside a police station exploded, injuring at least 10 people.
It caused a fire which saw part of the three-storey building collapse.
Police inspecting the scene were then shot at by armed terrorists. It has been reported a policeman and two terrorists died in the gunfight.
Shortly after, two women opened fire at the US building in the Sariyer district of Istanbul, which is Turkey’s largest city.
It is understood police shot back at the culprits.
A Turkish news agency reported one woman was injured and captured while hiding in a nearby building.
The Dogan news agency said the woman was aged 51 and had served prison time for being a suspected member of the far-leftist Revolutionary People’s Liberation Army-Front (DHKP-C), which is virulently anti-American and is listed as a terrorist organisation by the United States and Turkey.
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A consulate official said: “We are working with Turkish authorities to investigate the incident. The Consulate General remains closed to the public until further notice.”
No group immediate claim of responsibility for either of the Istanbul attacks, but US diplomatic missions and police stations have been targeted by far-left groups in Turkey in the past.
The DHKP-C, whose members are among those detained in hundreds of arrests in the country in recent weeks, claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at the US embassy in Ankara in 2013 which killed a Turkish security guard.
The helicopter attack, which took place in the southeastern province of Sirnak, left seven other soldiers wounded.
It happened just after the aircraft took off.
As well as four police being killed in the blast at nearby Silopi, another officer has been seriously injured.
The attack happened on an armoured police vehicle.
British tourists were recently warned to avoid bus stops and train stations while visiting Turkey.
The latest incidents come after the military launched an air campaign against Kurdish separatist PKK camps in northern Iraq on July 24, following a resurgence of militant attacks.
State-run Anadolu news agency said on Sunday that more than 260 militants were killed, including senior PKK figures, and more than 400 wounded by the beginning of this month.
The violence has left a peace process with the PKK, begun by President Tayyip Erdogan in 2012, in tatters. Erdogan said last month the process had become impossible, although neither side has so far declared the negotiations definitively over.
The PKK, designated a terrorist group by Ankara, the United States and European Union, launched its insurgency in 1984 to press for greater Kurdish rights. More than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict.
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by, J. Schuyler Montague | sharia unveiled
The Obama administration and U.S. State Department just issued the following press release;
‘..This attack on our consulate today in Turkey is in no way related to our foreign policy of funding and supplying weapons to international terrorist organizations around the world, to include ISIS, but rather, this was a response by a small group of peaceful protesters to the YouTube video of Doc McStuffins..’