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Female Suicide Bomber Attacks Police Station In Turkey

One police officer died in the blast.

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The English-speaking woman told officers at the station she had lost her wallet before the explosion, Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin told reporters.

Istanbul Governor Şahin: The female suicide bomber entered the police station saying that she lost her wallet.

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Istanbul Governor Şahin: The female suicide bomber entered the police station saying that she lost her wallet.

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"Our police friend, Kenan Kumas, has been martyred. May Allah bless his soul. He was an officer who faced this attack heroically. I send his family my condolences," Davutoğlu said.

The prime minister said police defused two other explosives on the woman's body. "Our heroic officers have intervened at the risk of their lives and have prevented a greater tragedy from resulting," he said.

Bomb disposal units explode two more bombs on the deceased suicide bomber. The windows broke following the explosion.

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Bomb disposal units explode two more bombs on the deceased suicide bomber. The windows broke following the explosion.

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Show TV broadcast footage of a woman they claimed was the suicide bomber approaching the station.

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"The moments where she is approaching the Tourism Police Department Headquarters," the newsreader says over the footage. "Her hands are in her pockets, approaching slowly. She seems calm."

Security forces are investigating a possible link between this incident and a failed attack on Jan. 1, 2015, in Istanbul, according to Turkish newspaper Hürriyet.

On New Year's Day, a man threw a grenade at security guards at Dolmabahce Palace, a tourist attraction in the heart of Istanbul. The grenade failed to detonate, and the man was found with a gun after he was apprehended by security.

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Turkish security forces inspect the area where an armed man staged an attack with a hand grenade to the police booth in front of the historic Dolmabahce Palace, located just minutes away from Turkish Prime Ministry Istanbul office in Istanbul on Jan. 1, 2014.

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BuzzFeed's Alp Ozcelik contributed to this report.

The capital of Turkey is Ankara; an earlier version of this post incorrectly stated it was Istanbul.

David Mack is a reporter and weekend editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact David Mack at david.mack@buzzfeed.com.

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