Saturday 1 October 2016

Istanbul attack video: Watch extraordinary footage as two female militants attack Turkish police - but harm no one

The women, wearing everyday clothing, pull guns from bags and fire upon a police bus, before being pushed back as officers return fire

Adam Withnall

Published 03/03/2016 | 10:31

Extraordinary footage has emerged of the moment two female militants opened fire outside a Turkish police station and started throwing grenades.

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The unverified video, aired by the Haber Turk network, appears to show two women dressed in everyday clothing pull out weapons are fire upon members of the public and a Turkish police bus as it arrived at the station.

While one woman fires what appears to be an uzi-style weapon, the other throws apparent grenades from her bag. The second woman then pulls out a handgun and opens fire on an unseen target directly below the point where the video is being filmed.

Incredibly, Turkish media reports suggest no one was harmed in the attack, while the two women fled the scene leaving a car behind.

CNN Turk said police returned fire, injuring one of the women, before officers tracked them to a nearby apartment block.

Special forces units were sent to the area and residents were evacuated as security forces prepared to carry out an operation, it said.

Footage on Turkish television stations showed the street cordoned off as armed plainclothes police in bullet-proof vests emerged from the police station.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Thursday's attack. The radical leftist group DHKP-C has repeatedly staged similar attacks on police stations, largely in Istanbul suburbs.

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