Turkey Suspects al-Qaeda in US Consulate Attack

Shootout leaves three policemen, three assailants dead
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 9, 2008 11:51 AM CDT
An unidentified man lies on the ground lifeless after an attack outside of the U.S. consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, July 9, 2008.    ((AP Photo))
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(Newser) – Turkish police say they suspect al-Qaeda is behind today's attack on the US consulate in Istanbul. So far, no one has claimed responsibility, but a police official confirmed the suspicion to the AP on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief journalists on the investigation.

Armed men opened fire on Turkish police guarding the consulate's entrance, killing three policemen. A bystander told CNN-Turk television that the attackers emerged from a vehicle and surprised the guard. "One of them approached a policeman while hiding his gun and shot him in the head," he said.