Two assailants killed in shootout by police in Istanbul

Two female assailants who attacked police checkpoint with grenades in Istanbul killed in shootout

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Police has sealed off around the building where the assailants hided.

Two women threw grenades and opened fire on a police station in Istanbul’s Bayrampasa district on Thursday morning.

The assailants attacked a security checkpoint at the entrance to the Riot Police Directorate in Bayrampasa, on Istanbul’s European side, and police officers quickly returned fire.

The women, who were "neutralized" in a follow-up operation, have been identified as Cigdem Yaksi and Berna Yilmaz, members of  the radical leftist group DHKP-C.

Two police officers were lightly wounded in the attack, Governor Vasip Sahin told reporters in televised comments.

The two injured police officers are in a stable condition, the governor said.

After an initial brief engagement, the attackers fled the scene and took shelter in one of the buildings near the area.

Police forces launched an operation immediately in order to catch the assailants who were hiding in a building. Shortly after, the attackers were killed in a shootout.

Sahin said the attack was carried out by two women at 9.45am [0745 GMT], adding that the “terrorists” were killed later.

The reports indicated that there was a school nearby the shooting scene. According to local media sources, children were secured in an area within the school building in case of any probable harm.

Video footage of the attack was released showing two women assailants clashing with police forces.

TRTWorld, AA