Female suspect detained after attack on US Istanbul consulate

An escalation of violent attacks in Turkey. The US consulate in Istanbul came under gunfire on Monday and at least eight people were killed in a wave of separate attacks on Turkish security forces. Turkish media report that a woman of 51, member of the far-left Revolutionary People’s Liberation Army Front, was detained by police after the consulate attack. The US consulate remains closed until further notice. On the other side of Istanbul, a bomb truck blew up at a police station, initially killing three police officers and seven civilians. Two gunmen and an officer from the Turkish bomb squad were later killed in a firefight.

Shooting accompanied anti-terrorist police raids on the Asian side of the Bosphorus. In the southern province of Sirnak, four Turkish officers were killed by a roadside bomb and, in a separate incident in the same province, Kurdish separatists opened heavy weapons fire on a military helicopter coming into land, killing a Turkish soldier and wounding at least seven others. 

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