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Turkish Marxist group claims Istanbul suicide bombing

Turkish police cordon off an area where a Marxist suicide bomber and a policeman were killed in Istanbul.
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A banned Marxist group in Turkey says it carried out Tuesday's suicide bombing in Istanbul in which the female bomber and a policeman died.

The DHKP-C said on its website "our sacrificial fighter... carried out the sacrificial action on the tourist police department in Sultanahmet".

Last week the group claimed an Istanbul attack in which a man was arrested after throwing grenades at police. Nobody was injured in the incident.

DHKP-C says it is fighting corruption.

The group accused the state of protecting "corrupt" ministers loyal to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose Islamist-rooted AK Party dominates Turkish politics.

In Tuesday's bombing a woman targeted a police station in the tourist hub of Sultanahmet, near the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia museum.

She spoke English with "a thick accent", but her nationality and identity remained unknown, Istanbul governor Vasip Sahin told Turkish TV. A second policeman was injured in the attack.

The Turkish Hurriyet news website has named her, but there is no official confirmation.

The BBC's Mark Lowen in Istanbul says the claim of responsibility is credible.

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