Monday, August 10, 2015

Twin attacks on the U.S. consulate and a police station rock Istanbul

Carnage: Police officers and forensics teams inspect the scene of a car bomb attack on a police station in the Sultanbeyli District of Istanbul
Six members of the Turkish security forces were killed and the U.S. consulate in Istanbul hit by a gun attack today in a new wave of violence blamed on Kurdish and Marxist radicals as the government pressed on its air campaign against militants.

Turkey's largest city Istanbul was shaken by twin attacks on the US consulate and a police station that killed one senior officer, while five police were killed in the southeastern Sirnak province in an escalating cycle of violence.

The government is waging a two-pronged 'anti-terror' offensive against Islamic State jihadists and militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) following a spate of attacks in the country.

But so far air strikes have overwhelmingly focused on the Kurdish militants, who have struck back by attacking the Turkish security forces and leaving a 2013 ceasefire in tatters.

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