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Turkey: several lives claimed in a string of attacks

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By Euronews  with Reuters
Turkey: several lives claimed in a string of attacks

<p><strong>At least three attacks against government buildings and the security forces have been carried out across Turkey.</strong></p> <p>Two female militants targeted the US Consulate in Istanbul.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Gunfire at US consulate in Turkey as wave of attacks kills eight <a href="http://t.co/KlDLU3Gy7U">http://t.co/KlDLU3Gy7U</a> <a href="http://t.co/x5rQmEmbs6">pic.twitter.com/x5rQmEmbs6</a></p>— Business Insider (@businessinsider) <a href="https://twitter.com/businessinsider/status/630700234243473408">10 Août 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>No one was killed in the assault. Officers detained one fighter after she was injured.</p> <p>The far-left, and outlawed, <a href="http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/para/dev_sol.htmclaimed">Revolutionary People’s Liberation Army Front</a> on its internet site to be behind the attack.</p> <p>It would seem to be political. The group has previously said it carried out a suicide attack on the US embassy in Ankara in 2013.</p> <p>Bystanders, though, have questioned the motive.</p> <p>“The police were shouting at the woman to drop her bag,” said one eyewitness. “She refused to surrender, she said she had come to avenge Suruç.”</p> <p>There has been outrage after a <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2015/07/20/turkey-death-toll-climbs-in-suruc-attack/">bomb was detonated</a> last month among a crowd of aid workers gathering in the town of Suruç ahead of a humanitarian trip to the devastated Kurdish town of Kobane.</p> <h3>Two further attacks</h3> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Twin attacks on the U.S. consulate and a police station rock Istanbul <a href="http://t.co/CmuyjjfZlK">http://t.co/CmuyjjfZlK</a> <a href="http://t.co/dJsgEVAfAW">pic.twitter.com/dJsgEVAfAW</a></p>— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) <a href="https://twitter.com/MailOnline/status/630679746360287232">10 Août 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Elsewhere in Istanbul, a police officer and two suspected attackers died in the ensuing fighting after a car bomb went off outside a police station.</p> <p>One attacker was killed when the bomb was initially detonated. Ten people, including three police officers, were injured.</p> <p>Further afield, four police officers died when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in Silopi in the province of Sirnak.</p> <h3>Why is this happening now?</h3> <p>Monday was one of the most violent days in Turkey’s recent history.</p> <p>Experts have been warning of a potential surge in violence since the government <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2015/07/28/syria-and-turkey---a-history-of-the-relationship/">began operations</a> against the self-titled group Islamic State and Kurdish <span class="caps">PKK</span> militants last month. This, in turn, was in the wake of the attack in Suruç.</p> <p>A final round of government coalition talks are due on Monday night. Hopes are pinned on them finding a solution to the growing violence.</p>