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Six people, including three police officers, have been killed in a shootout near the U.S. consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, the city's governor says. "It is an obvious act of terrorism," Ross Wilson, the U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, said. A consulate official said no American citizens or employees were hurt.
Yavuz Erkut Yuksel, a bystander, told CNN-Turk television the attackers emerged from a vehicle and surprised the guard.
"One of them approached a policeman while hiding his gun and shot him in the head," Yuksel said.
Footage from a security camera at the site showed four armed and bearded men emerging from a car and killing a traffic policeman, then running toward a guard post some 50 yards away as other policemen fired back, the Dogan news agency reported.