At least six people were killed today in a shootout when gunmen opened fire outside the American consulate in Istanbul, CNN reports. Three of the dead were police officers manning a security post outside the consulate. Three gunmen were also killed, according to Turkish officials. No consulate employees or US citizens were killed, authorities said.
Other gunmen reportedly fled the scene in a white car. The assault was the first on a diplomatic building since 2003 when 62 people were killed in atttacks on the British consultate, a bank and synagogues.