Police detain female suspect after gun attack on Istanbul U.S. consulate

ISTANBUL: Police have detained a female suspect following an attack on the U.S. consulate building in Istanbul on Monday, Turkish broadcaster NTV said.


Two attackers earlier opened fire on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Turkey’s biggest city, fleeing when police shot back.

No one was hurt in the attack, the Turkish private news agency reported.

The attack came hours after an overnight bomb attack at a police station in Istanbul injured 10 people, including seven police officers, and caused a fire that collapsed part of the three-story building.

Police said the assailants exploded a car bomb near the station. Unknown assailants later fired on police inspecting the scene of the explosion, sparking another gunfight with police that killed two of the assailants.

Both attacks come at a time of a sharp spike in violence between Turkey’s security forces and rebels of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK.

The attack also comes as Turkey is taking a more active role against Islamic State militants. Last month it conducted aerial strikes against IS positions in Syria and agreed to let the U.S.-led coalition use its bases for its fight against IS.

The move followed a suicide bombing blamed on IS which killed 32 people and after IS militants fired at Turkish soldiers from across the border in Syria, killing one soldier.

On Sunday, the U.S. military announced that a detachment of six F-16 fighter jets have arrived at Turkey’s southern Incirlik Air Base to join the fight against IS militants.