The woman suspected of participating in an armed attack on the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul Monday and later apprehended by Turkish security forces, was identified as a member of the far-left Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C).
According to police sources, 42-year-old Hatice Asik was designated as a potential suicide bomber candidate by the far-left group. Photos of Asik had been distributed to security units throughout the country after it was claimed that she had plans to commit a suicide attack on the Turkish Ministry of Justice in September of this year.
The attack on the consulate in the northern Sariyer district of Istanbul, in which no casualties have been reported, occurred early Monday morning.
Asik was wounded and then apprehended in a building near the consulate by security forces. Police are conducting a large-scale operation to find the second assailant.