Suicide bomber attacks police station in central Istanbul

Suicide bomber attacks police station in central Istanbul (RT, Jan 6, 2015):

A female suicide bomber has attacked a police station in a historic area of Istanbul, leaving one officer dead and one injured.

The woman reportedly spoke English when attempting to enter a police building in Istanbul’s tourist-heavy Sultanahmet district. Her nationality and identity were not immediately established, Istanbul governor Vasip Sahin told reporters.

According to the Hurriyet Daily, the niqab-clad woman said that she had left her wallet in the building as a pretext for getting inside.

The attacker “exploded herself prematurely before going into the police building, as she was prevented by the guards at the entrance,” according to Cihan news agency.

Sahin said two police officers were injured, one of them seriously. Media reports later stated that one of them died from his injures.

Police have sealed off streets in the vicinity of the attack and public transportation has been suspended in the area known for its historic landmarks like Hagia Sofia and the Blue Mosque.

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