Female assailant that fired on Istanbul police identified

The female assailant identified as Elif Sultan Kalsen, who had been thought to be involved in a suicide attack earlier this month

Female assailant that fired on Istanbul police identified

World Bulletin / News Desk

The woman attacker that opened fire Friday on a police post in one of Istanbul's most popular districts was identified Saturday as Elif Sultan Kalsen.

The attack occurred Friday around at 2:40 pm (1240 GMT) near central Taksim square. No injuries or casualties have been reported but a police car has been damaged.

Kalsen had earlier this month been claimed to be a suicide bomber who attacked another district, killing a police officer.

Sources from Istanbul’s anti-terror branch told that the assailant was Kalsen, a member of leftist DHKP-C terrorist group. The police did not give further details on how she was identified.

The DHKP-C (The Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front) is a 1978-founded Marxist-Leninist party, considered as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

On Jan. 6, a woman blew herself up in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district, killing a police officer and wounding another.

The Turkish police said following the attack that that the suicide bomber was Elif Sultan Kalsen. It was later disproved by police.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Şubat 2015, 04:50