Terror attack in Turkey; one officer killed - UPDATED

Terror attack in Turkey; one officer killed - <span style="color: red;">UPDATED
# 06 January 2015 18:24 (UTC +04:00)

The police station is located in Istanbul's historic Sultanahmet district. The suicide bomber powered the bomb near the entrance. The female bomber lost her life.

The site of the incident was cordoned off and the movement of the trams through Sultanahmet Square has been temporarily suspended.

According to the agency, before the incident the woman approached policemen and told them that she "has lost her purse", thereby it is assumed that she was not Turk.

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Baku-APA. An assailant armed with an explosive device attacked a police station in Ä°stanbul's historic Sultanahmet district on Tuesday injuring at least one police officer, APA reports quoting Today's Zaman.

Turkish media said police had exchanged fire with the attacker, while some reports said the assailant had detonated a hand grenade. Television footage showed police sealing off streets, and public transport in the area shut down.

A number of ambulances, firefighters and special forces were also dispatched to the area.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the attack comes less than a week after far-left group DHKP-C said it was behind a grenade attack on police near the prime minister's office in Ä°stanbul.

The DHKP-C (Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front) was also behind a suicide bombing at the US Embassy last year as well as attacks on Turkish police stations.

Sultanahmet lies on Ä°stanbul's historic peninsula, home to the Blue Mosque and Aya Sofya museum, and is among the world's most visited tourist destinations.

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