Turkey attacks: Deadly violence in Istanbul and Sirnak

Istanbul (Neo Web Desk)Six members of the security forces have been killed in a series of attacks in Turkey amid rising tension between the government and Kurdish militants.In south-eastern Sirnak province, four police officers were killed by a roadside bomb and a soldier died when gunmen fired on a military helicopter.In Istanbul, a police officer was killed in clashes after a car bombing.Meanwhile, the city’s US consulate was attacked by two assailants. A leftist group said it carried out that attack.The outlawed Revolutionary People’s Liberation Army Front (DHKP-C) made the claim in a statement on its website, which described the US as the “chief enemy of people in the Middle East and in the world”.One of the two women assailants in the attack on the consulate was wounded and detained, and a rifle and other weaponry were seized, Istanbul’s governor said in a statement.The DHKP-C named the detained woman as Hatice Asik.In Sirnak province, four police officers were killed when their armoured vehicle was hit by roadside explosives in the town of Silopi.A soldier was also killed when suspected Kurdish militants fired on a military helicopter as it was taking off in Beytussebap district. At least seven other soldiers were wounded.Later Turkish media reported simultaneous attacks on police and military headquarters in the town of Lice in Diyarbakir province. There were no immediate reports of casualties.Following the helicopter attack, Turkish helicopters bombed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) targets in retaliation.A ceasefire in the long-running conflict with the group appeared to disintegrate in July, when Turkey began bombing PKK camps in northern Iraq, at the same time as launching air strikes on Islamic State (IS) militants.PKK leader Cemil Bayik has accused Turkey of trying to protect IS by attacking Kurdish fighters.

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