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Assailant detained in attack on U.S. consulate in Turkey

Two women shot at the U.S. consulate in Istanbul on Monday, and one was later captured after both fled the scene.

The women were from the far-left Revolutionary People’s Liberation Army-Front, an anti-American organization which claimed responsibility for the attack.

Also in Istanbul, a car bombing at a police station injured three police officers and seven civilians. One assailant was killed during the bombing, and two others died, along with a police officer, in the subsequent firefight.

In the southeastern Sirnak province, a roadside bomb killed four police officers. A soldier was killed in the same province when Kurdish militants fired on a military helicopter.

The attacks come at a time when the Turkish government has stepped up operations against Islamic State fighters and Kurdistan Workers Party militants in northern Iraq.

Meanwhile, the U.S. military has deployed six F-16 jet fighters to Turkey’s southern Incirlik air base to assist in the battle against the Islamic State group.

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