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Female attacker shot dead near Instanbul police building


A woman carrying guns and hand grenades has been shot dead by Turkish police.

The woman threw grenades into Istanbul’s police headquarters. One exploded, according to Turkey’s state news agency Anadolu, in what is the third attack on an official building in two days.

She and her male accomplice had both tried to attack the police building.

Surrounding streets in the central neighbourhood of Aksaray were cordoned off.

In a separate incident, police had earlier detained an armed man after he went into the Istanbul office of the ruling AK Party. He hung a Turkish flag with a sword emblem added from the window.

Wednesday’s (April 1) incidents come just one day after two militants took an Istanbul prosecutor hostage in his office. All three died after police stormed the building to release him.

Euronews correspondent Bora Bayraktarin reported from Istanbul:

“First the hostage crisis in the courtroom, then this attack on police headquarters. In last 24 hours, Istanbul has been shocked by two big attacks. Now all eyes are on the security measures that will be implemented in the city.”

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