State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the US does not rule out al Qaeda links to a gun battle outside the US consulate in Istanbul that left six dead, including three policemen and as many attackers.
Armed men opened fire in front of the entrance to the
Turkish broadcaster CNN Turk later quoted police sources saying the three gunmen from east Turkey were suspected of being members of al Qaeda. It also said two people were later detained in Istanbul, one of them a brother of one of the dead assailants.
The attackers arrived around 10:30 am in a white van; stopping at the
Also in Istanbul, GRN correspondent for FRANCE 24 Matt Mossman added that one of the attackers escaped in a white Renault van while another shot himself before the police could arrest him, according to eyewitnesses.
Police are searching the area. The Istinye borough, on the European shore of the
No immediate claim for responsibility
"It was turned into a bunker to avoid this type of attack",
She added that the suicide dimension of the attack could hint at connections with al Qaeda.
No organisation has claimed the attack so far but
Several leads may be considered, including that of the Kurdish independence party PKK whose militants are involved in regular fighting with the Turkish military on the Iraqi border.
Three German tourists kidnapped
Meanwhile, three German tourists who were mountaineering in
According to the Turkish local authorities, Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants have seized the three, who were party of a 13-member team, in Agri province.
Date created : 2008-07-10