July 9, 2008

Perpetrators of US Consulate Attack Reportedly Identified As Turks

Text of report in English by Turkish news agency Anatolia

ISTANBUL (A.A) -09.07.2008 -Istanbul Governor Muammer Guler said Wednesday that police identified the perpetrators of the armed attack on US Consulate General in Istanbul.

Guler told reporters after visiting wounded police officers at the Istinye State Hospital in Istanbul that all current evidence indicated that three of the assailants, who were killed during the attack, were of Turkish origin.

Guler said the attack was captured by the police surveillance system (MOBESE) and said the police were in pursuit of the runaway assailant.

A vehicle carrying 4 people came to the scene of attack at around 10:30 in the morning. Three of the assailants got out of the car and fired at a police officer standing sentry in front of the US Consulate.

An armed clash erupted as the police officer together with two others patrolling in the neighbourhood responded the fire. Three assailants who got out of the car were killed. One policeman died in the scene while two others succumbed to their injuries in hospital.

Guler said the wounded police officer and the civilian driver of the police tow truck were not in life threatening condition.

Originally published by Anatolia news agency, Ankara, in English 1308 9 Jul 08.

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