Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Female Suicide Bomber Hits Turkey Police H.Q.; Kills Police Officer, Injures 2nd One in Istanbul

A female suicide bomber has blown herself up in the Turkish city of Istanbul, killing one police officer and injuring another, the BBC website reports today (January 6, 2015).

She targeted a police station in the tourist hub of Sultanahmet, near the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia museum -- formerly the Hagia Sophia Greek Orthodox Church.

The woman spoke English with a thick accent, but her nationality and identity remained unknown, Istanbul governor Vasip Sahin told Turkish TV.

No group has yet said it was behind the attack -- the second on Turkish police in less than a week. Police arrested a man who threw grenades and fired a weapon at police officers near the prime minister's office on January 1, but no one was injured in that attack.

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