Thursday 26 April 2018

Woman shot dead in attack on Turkish police HQ

Police officers stand after two leftist militants attacked Istanbul Security headquarters, rear, in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo: AP
Police officers stand after two leftist militants attacked Istanbul Security headquarters, rear, in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo: AP
Police officers stand after two leftist militants attacked Istanbul Security headquarters, rear-left, in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo: AP
Police officers carry his coffin as some thousands of people attend the funeral ceremony for Turkish prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz inside the main courthouse where he died on Tuesday in Istanbul. Photo: AP

Humeryra Pamuk in Istanbul

Turkish police shot dead a woman carrying guns and hand grenades and detained a man as they tried to attack Istanbul's police headquarters yesterday, officials and media said, the third attack on an official building in the past two days.

"The Istanbul police headquarters on Vatan Street was targeted by rifle fire and a female terrorist was killed in the clash," the Istanbul governor's office said in a statement.

The woman was carrying a rifle, two hand grenades and one pistol, it said. Local media said a man had also been detained.

The attack comes a day after two leftist militants took an Istanbul prosecutor hostage in his office. All three died late on Tuesday after police special forces stormed the courthouse in an effort to release him.

Separately, police detained a gunman who entered an Istanbul branch of the ruling AK Party and hung from its window a Turkish flag with the emblem of a sword added.

It was not immediately clear whether any of the attacks were linked.

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