Two police officers were wounded and a female terrorist carrying a bomb was killed in a shootout Wednesday outside Istanbul’s police headquarters.
Turkish police special forces were deployed to the site, according to Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin, who spoke with the BBC. A second gunman who opened fire was wounded by special forces and then taken captive.
The identity of the attackers is not yet clear.
One day earlier, two members of the banned DHKP-C (Revolutionary Liberation Party Front), a Marxist group stormed the largest courthouse in Istanbul and took prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz hostage.
The DHKP-C is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.
Both the attackers and their hostage, the prosecutor later died in a shootout with police. On Wednesday morning hundreds of people attended Kiraz’s funeral at the courthouse where he was shot and killed before proceeding to the city’s Eyup Sultan mosque.
The Paris HyperCacher kosher supermarket where Yoav Hattab, the son of the Chief Rabbi of Tunis, Philippe Braham, Yohan Cohen and Francois-Michel Saada were murdered by Islamic terrorist Amedy Coulibaly on January 9, 2014 reopened today for the first time since the attack.
The store which was completely renovated, reopened with new staff.
France’s Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve was present for the reopening.
An Arab resident of Jerusalem has been arrested for working on behalf of Hamas, Maariv reports. The man, Rami Alami, allegedly abused his position as an attorney working with imprisoned terrorists.
Alami allegedly took messages from terrorists serving time in Israeli prisons, and passed them on to Hamas. He slipped the messages out of prison on small notes hidden on his person.
He is also accused of transferring money on behalf of the terrorist organization.
Alami worked out of Jerusalem’s Old City. He has Jerusalem resident status.
Several recent terrorist attacks have been carried out by Arab residents of Jerusalem, including an attack in January that left an American citizen with serious injuries, and an attack last week that hurt seven Israeli police officers.
On January 15, the Shabak – Israel’s General Security Service, in a joint operation with the IDF, captured a Hamas terror cell operating in Hebron.
The terror cell planned to commit a variety of terror attacks, including suicide bombings. The Hamas terror cell actually attempted to implement one of their plans in December.
Weapons and explosives were also confiscated during the operation, in which eleven Hamas terrorists were captured.
Two of the chief terrorists in the cell, Sahaib Mamun Saltan, 20, from Hebron, and his cousin Salam Abbas Saltan, 28, admitted they tried to commit an attack this past December in Hebron’s Tel Rumeida neighborhood against IDF troops. The attack failed when their bomb did not go off.
The cell planned to commit their attacks in Hebron and Jerusalem and had scouted out target locations to attack.
11:30 AM The Jewish guard killed by a terrorist after midnight Saturday saved the deaths of countless Jews by his standing outside the synagogue and absorbing the lethal bullet in the head at the hands of the attacker at a Bat Mitzvah celebration.
The killer fled and did not enter the synagogue, according to Copenhagen Jewish leader Rabbi Yair Melchior.
The guard, a volunteer, was identified by the Israeli Foreign Ministry as Dan Uzan, 37, whose father is Israeli and mother is Danish.
Police also confirmed that the terrorist has been killed and that he also carried out Friday’s murder at a cafe.
“We assume that it’s the same culprit behind both incidents, and we also assume that the culprit that was shot by the police task force on Norreport station is the person behind both of these assassinations,” Chief police inspector Torben Molgaard Jensen said.
Police shot and killed the terrorist after a massive manhunt that included armored vehicles and helicopters.
8:07 AM The young Jewish man who was killed by the terrorist has been identified as the synagogue’s guard. There was a Bat Mitzvah happening at the Great Synagogue in Copenhagen at the time.
7:37 AM According to reports from Copenhagen, police surrounded the suspected terrorist and tried to arrest him. A shootout began, and the police killed him. No police were injured. The police had already been keeping the address where the terrorist was shot “under observation”.
7:20 AM Copenhagen police shoot dead the man believed to be the terrorist.
7:00 AM There are reports of gunfire exchanged between police and the terrorist near Nørrebro Station, 1 person was hit.