Turkey Detains 4 in Attack on US Consulate

Istanbul shootout is now officially blamed on terrorists
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2008 7:14 AM CDT
Comrades carry the Turkish flag-wrapped coffin of the slain police officer Nedim Calik during a ceremony at the police headquarters in Istanbul, Turkey, Thursday, July 10, 2008.    (AP Photo/Ibrahim Usta)
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(Newser) – Authorities have apprehended four people in connection with yesterday’s attack on the US consulate in Istanbul, according to a Turkish news agency. The assault left three policemen and three shooters dead, with another assailant escaping in a getaway car. It’s unclear if the driver is among the four apprehended. The shootout has officially been declared a terrorist attack.

Police are still investigating whether one of the slain gunmen had any relationship with al-Qaeda when he visited Afghanistan.