On Monday, Kurdish insurgents launched deadly attacks in different parts of Turkey, including the US consulate in Istanbul, killing nine people and leaving 11 wounded.
Two female gunmen opened fire on police guarding the U.S. consulate building in Istanbul. One of the women was wounded and apprehended in the subsequent shootings, while the other escaped.
According to local media outlet Daily Sabah, eyewitnesses said that the female gunman refused to surrender to the police present.
One of the gunmen reportedly shouted “I will never surrender to you. We’ve come here to take revenge for the Suruç [attack]”.
The gunman was referencing a deadly bombing on July 20th in the border town Suruc, where 32 were killed.
After the attack the second attacker was identified as a member of the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Army-Front (DHKP-C), a Turkish Marxist group established in the 1990s.
Previously in 2013, the group attacked the U.S. embassy in Ankara where one soldier was killed in a suicide bomb attack.
The group claimed responsibility for the attack on Monday, releasing a statement that its “struggle [would] continue until imperialism and its collaborators leave our country and every parcel of our homeland is cleared of US bases.”
Although DHJP-C did not claim responsibility for the Suruc bombing that was referenced by the gunmen, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) was blamed by Turkish authorities.
This accusation enraging Kurds in Turkey who accuse the government of giving Isil access to the 500-mile Turkish-Syrian border.
The tensions in Turkey has led to bombings and shootings against Turkish security officials, whilst the Turkish government consequentially arrested thousands of people with suspected links to Isil and the PKK.
The surge in violence is linked to Turkey increasing its battle against Isil.
The government has pushed for the creation of a buffer zone along the boarder in parts of Syria.
By Francesca Stainer