Date
24 May 2017
Women look on from a shattered window after an attack on a nearby police station in Istanbul on Monday. Photo: Reuters
Women look on from a shattered window after an attack on a nearby police station in Istanbul on Monday. Photo: Reuters

US consulate in Turkey targeted as wave of attacks kills nine

Two women shot at the US consulate in Istanbul on Monday and at least nine people were killed in a wave of separate attacks on Turkish security forces.

The NATO member has been in a heightened state of alert since starting its “synchronized war on terror” last month, including air strikes against Islamic State fighters in Syria and Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in northern Iraq, Reuters reported.

It has also rounded up hundreds of suspected militants at home.

A far-left group that killed a Turkish security guard in a 2013 suicide bombing of the US embassy in Ankara claimed it was involved in Monday’s attack.

The Revolutionary People’s Liberation Army-Front (DHKP-C), considered a terrorist organization by the United States and Turkey, said one of its members was involved, and called Washington the “arch enemy” of the people of the Middle East and the world.

Turkey’s foreign ministry condemned the attack and said security at US diplomatic missions was being tightened.

Police with automatic rifles cordoned off streets around the US consulate in the Sariyer district on the European side of Istanbul.

One of the two women was later captured wounded, the Istanbul governor’s office said.

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