Turkish Marxist Group DHKP-C Says Its Member Attacked U.S. Consulate

World | August 10, 2015, Monday // 17:17
Bulgaria: Turkish Marxist Group DHKP-C Says Its Member Attacked U.S. Consulate A armed guard on duty after an attack on the US consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, 10 August 2015. Photo EPA/BGNES

A woman suspected of taking part in a gun attack on the U.S. consulate in Istanbul on Monday was identified as a member of the far-left Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), Turkey’s Anadolu news agency reported.

The outlawed radical DHKP-C said on its website that one of its female militants had carried out the attack. DHKP-C identified her as Hatice Asik, and said she was a member of the organisation, though it did not directly claim responsibility for the attack. 

The Marxist group has carried out attacks in Turkey in the past, including claiming responsibility for a 2013 suicide attack on the U.S. embassy in Ankara.

Turkish security forces said Asik was one of two female militants who had carried out the attack on the consulate. Asik was captured wounded in a hideout to which she fled after the attack, while the other attacker was still at large.

Turkey last month arrested some 1,300 people suspected of links to banned organizations, including Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the DHKP-C and Islamic State group in a major security sweep.

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