Suicide bomber kills one police officer, injures 7 others in blast at police station
Dateline: Istanbul - 11 Sept 2012
Date: 09/11/2012 12:06 PM
1. Various of crime-scene investigators at scene of blast in front of police station
2. Mid of armed police standing guard at perimeter of blast
3. Wide of police officers arriving at scene with riot gear
4. Wide of fire engines, police and crime-scene investigators at scene
5. Various of investigators collecting evidence
6. Mid of armoured vehicle parked at scene
7. Various of investigators at scene
8. Mid of police officers arriving with riot gear, fire engines in background
9. Wide of blast scene
A suicide bomber threw a hand grenade and blew himself up at a police station in Istanbul on Tuesday, killing one police officer and wounding seven other people, authorities said.
Ambulances raced to the scene of the blast in the Istanbul suburb of Sultangazi after the attack.
Forensic investigators then moved in, combing the area in front of the building for evidence.
The city's police chief said the assailant was a 25-year-old man.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
Fighting between Turkish forces and Kurdish rebels who seek self-rule has surged in recent months.
The military announced on Monday that it had conducted air strikes over the past week in northern Iraq, where Kurdish rebels have bases.
Some 25 guerrillas were killed in the operation, according to the military.
Authorities blamed the rebel Kurdistan Workers' Party for a bomb last month that killed nine people near a police station in a city close to the Syrian border.
Rebels denied involvement, though they have escalated attacks in what some analysts believe is an attempt to capitalise on regional uncertainty surrounding the civil war in Syria.