Six dead, including assailants, in attack on U.S. Consulate in Istanbul
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Turkish officials say three police officers and three of the assailants were killed during the gunfight. The fight lasted two minutes, with one of the officers dying at the scene and the other two dying later of bullet wounds at the hospital. Several other Turkish policemen were injured. No Americans were reportedly harmed in the attack.
The attackers have been described as terrorists by Turkish officials. Turkish President Abdullah Gül has strongly denounced the attack.
The United States Ambassador to Turkey, Ross Wilson said in a statement: "It is, of course, inappropriate now to speculate on who may have done this or why. It is an obvious act of terrorism. Our countries will stand together and confront this, as we have in the past."
- Press Release: "Statement on Consulate Attack by U.S. Ambassador Ross Wilson" — United States Department of State, July 9, 2008
- Alan Cowell and Sebnem Arsu. "3 Police and 3 Gunmen Die in Attack on U.S. Post in Turkey" — , July 9, 2008
- "Turkey consulate attack 'terrorism', says U.S. envoy" — , July 9, 2008