IS suspect fatally stabs Istanbul officer in police station

The police officer died from his wounds after leaving the scene in an ambulance Dogan news service said. Ozan Kose AFP

The police officer died from his wounds after leaving the scene in an ambulance Dogan news service said. Ozan Kose AFP

A Turkish police officer was stabbed to death in Istanbul late Sunday by a suspected Islamic State terrorist, state media reported. According to figures released by the country's Interior Ministry, over 300 have been killed in major terrorist attacks.

The attacker, who was apprehend over suspension of planning a bombing attack, was shot by the police then.

Injured police officer succumbed to his wounds at the hospital.

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The suspect was later taken to Istanbul Police Headquarters and attacked the police officer with a knife who was taking him to detention room. The officer, who was taken from the scene in an ambulance, died from his wounds. Some of these were blamed on IS jihadists and other on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party.

Anti-terror forces detained dozens of alleged IS members in Istanbul last month, accusing several of them of preparing a "sensational attack" in Turkey. An attack by a jihadist gunman on an elite nightclub in Istanbul just 75 minutes into New Year's Day in 2017 left 39 people dead, mainly foreigners.

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