Series Of Attacks Hit Turkey As Militants Kill 5 Policemen, Set Off Bomb

Five members of the security forces have been killed in the south-east and a bomb blast in Istanbul all these happened in a series of attack by the Islamic State militants in Turkey on Monday.

Separately, two assailants opened fire outside the US consulate in Istanbul, but no-one was injured or killed.

Four police were killed by a blast on a road in Sirnak province. Shortly after, gunmen opened fire on a military helicopter, killing one soldier.

Tension between the Turkish government and Kurdish militants has been rising.

Turkey also recently announced it was taking a more active role against Islamic State (IS) militants.

The US consulate attackers fled when police shot back, but one of the two assailants, thought to be a woman, was later arrested, Turkish media reported.

The consulate said in a tweet that it was closed until further notice.

In the attack on the police station in the district of Sultanbeyli, a car bomb was detonated, injuring 10 people, including three police officers.

Two suspected militants were killed in ensuing clashes with police and an injured police officer died later in hospital, reports say.
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