Female suicide bomber strikes in Istanbul, killing policeman

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Posted: Jan 06, 2015 12:19 PM

ISTANBUL (AP) — A female suicide bomber blew herself up at a police station in Istanbul on Tuesday, killing a policeman and wounding another, according to Turkish news agencies.

Istanbul governor Vasip Sahin said the woman entered the police station and reported a missing wallet before detonating a bomb. The attack occurred in the Sultan Ahmet district, a popular tourist destination.

It is the second attack on police in a week in Istanbul. On Thursday, police subdued a man after he threw grenades and fired a weapon at officers near the prime minister's offices.

The leftist Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front, or DHKP-C, said it carried out the Thursday attack. DHKP-C is considered as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union.

Sahin said that police are still trying to identify the woman who died in Tuesday's attack.

"She spoke in English, entered (the police station) on the pretext that she had lost her wallet," he said.