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Assailants open fire on US consulate in Istanbul: Report

Iran Press TV

Mon Aug 10, 2015

Two assailants have opened fire at the US Consulate building in the Turkish city of Istanbul, causing a gunfight with the police, the country’s media say.

No one was hurt in the Monday attack, according to the private Dogan news agency.

Those involved in the attack on the US Consulate in Istanbul's Sariyer district reportedly included one man and a woman.

One of the assailants was reportedly detained.

The raid came hours after a bomb attack on a police station in the city in which three people were killed and 10 others were injured.

The attack targeted the police station in Istanbul's Sultanbeyli neighborhood early on Monday morning, triggering a fire that caused part of the building to collapse and also damaged neighboring buildings.

US diplomatic missions have been targeted in Turkey in the past.

In 2013, a bomb attack outside the US embassy in Ankara killed two people and wounded several others. The far-leftist Revolutionary People's Liberation Army-Front (DHKP-C) claimed responsibility for the attack.

The attacks in Istanbul come at a time when Turkey has launched a wave of airstrikes against Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) positions in Iraq.

Turkey has also conducted aerial strikes against ISIL positions in Syria and has allowed the US to perform manned flights against the Takfiri terrorist group from its soil.

On Sunday, the US Air Force deployed a fleet of six F-16 fighter jets in Incirlik Air Base in Turkey in order to carry out airstrikes against ISIL in Syria.

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