Two gunmen have opened fire at the US consulate building in Turkey’s Istanbul and engaged in a gunfight with security personnel guarding the building, no fatalities or causalities reported.
One of the assailants, reportedly a female, was captured after being injured in the gunfire. The police said it is now hunting down the other suspect, mostly a male.
Hours earlier, 1 person was reported killed, 10 others wounded after a police station in eastern Istanbul was hit by a car bomb at around 1 a.m. Monday. Nearly six hours later, two assailants engaged in a firefight with the security forces guarding the damaged facility.
Whether the two attacks are linked in some way remains unclear.
Tensions between Turkish government and the Kurds have remarkably escalated in the last fortnight after the former launched a wide-scale military campaign against Kurdish fighters along the borders with Syria.