Turkey blames Marxist DHKP-C for US consulate attack

Revolutionary People's Liberation Front is behind attack on US consulate in Istanbul, an official says

Turkey blames Marxist DHKP-C for US consulate attack

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Turkish government on Monday blamed a radical Marxist group for a gun attack on the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul Monday, an official said.

"The attack on the consulate is linked with the DHKP-C," the official said on condition of anonymity, referring to the Revolutionary People's Liberation Front (DHKP-C) which claimed a 2013 suicide attack at the US embassy in Ankara.

The woman suspected of participating in an armed attack on the U.S. consulate and later apprehended by Turkish security forces, was identified as a member of the far-left Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C).

According to police sources, 42-year-old Hatice Asik was designated as a potential suicide bomber candidate by the far-left group. Photos of Asik had been distributed to security units throughout the country after it was claimed that she had plans to commit a suicide attack on the Turkish Ministry of Justice in September of this year.  

The attack on the consulate in the northern Sariyer district of Istanbul, in which no casualties have been reported, occurred early Monday morning.  

Asik was wounded and then apprehended in a building near the consulate by security forces. Police are conducting a large-scale operation to find the second assailant.  

According to an eyewitness, Engin Yuksek, a Sariyer district resident, the other assailant is also female.

Yuksek said police demanded that the suspects, who were carrying bags, surrender but one of them replied: “I will never surrender to you. We’ve come here to take revenge for Suruc [attack].”

Last month, on July 20, a suicide bombing in Suruc, a southern Turkish town, killed 32 people who had been planning to engage in efforts to rebuild the Syrian town of Kobani after it was devastated by clashes involving ISIL. 

The country has since witnessed a wave of bombings, shootings and arrests. Turkey has responded by arresting more than 1,300 suspected supporters of illegal groups, including ISIL, the PKK and the DHKP-C.

The DHKP-C, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU, was behind the suicide bombing at the U.S. embassy in Ankara two years ago, which claimed the life of a Turkish security guard. 

The organization was also involved in the killing of a prosecutor, Mehmet Selim Kiraz, at a courthouse in Istanbul in March. 

The consulate in Istanbul has been closed to the public until further notice, said a written statement released on the consulate’s Twitter account.

The consulate attack came after another on a police station in Istanbul Monday morning, which killed one police officer and wounded at least 11 people, including four other police officers.  The police officer, who was injured in the gunfight, died at the hospital. It has yet to be determined whether the two attacks are related.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Ağustos 2015, 14:05