Nine killed in shootout between Turkish police and IS suspects

A woman walks past Turkish police standing guard in central Diyarbakir, where a shoot-out on October 26, 2015 between police and suspected Islamic State militants resulted in the death of nine peopleSeven suspected Islamic State militants and two Turkish police officers were killed on Monday in a fierce gun battle in the main city in the Kurdish-majority southeast, security sources said. The shootout in Diyarbakir erupted just six days ahead of elections in Turkey, with tensions running high following the country’s worst ever bomb attack and a resurgence of the conflict with Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) rebels. The gun battle is the first with the jihadists on Turkish soil, as security forces hunt down suspects behind the October 10 Ankara suicide bombings that killed 102 people at a pro-Kurdish peace rally.

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