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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Suicide Bomber Strikes Istanbul Police Station

One police officer was killed and another wounded as a female suicide bomber attacked a police station in Istanbul Tuesday. The attack followed another strike against the Turkish police that occurred on Jan.1. That attack was carried out by the Marxist DHKP-C group, though no group has yet claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s violence.

Police have not yet released the identity of the woman involved in the Istanbul bombing, but stated she entered the police station and claimed to have lost her wallet before detonating her device. The alleged bomber reportedly had a second explosive device in her possession, however police successfully disarmed it.

Attacks against elements of the Turkish state are nothing new as the decades old struggle against Kurdish militants, Islamists and ultra-leftist groups continues. Many of the attacks executed by leftist groups in Turkey in the recent past have been low level attacks and don’t typically result in a high casualty count. That being said, the state crackdown on dissidents of all colors – led by the AKP government – has gained steam, making it possible that more violence from a variety of militant actors could certainly intensify.

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