A suspected suicide bomber detonated a vehicle packed with explosives at a police station in the Sultanbeyli district on the Asian side of Istanbul just after midnight, wounding ten people, three of them police, a official news agency reported.

Clashes with police then continued throughout the night as other militants fired on the police station. In the early morning, two militants were killed by the police but their political affiliation was not made clear.

One policeman was also killed in the clashes, a news channel said, but this was not confirmed officially. Meanwhile, two armed individuals early today launched a gun attack against the well fortified US consulate in the quiet district of Istinye on the Bosphorus on the outskirts of Istanbul, Turkish television reported.

An operation was launched to capture the two militants, one of whom was a woman. One of the attackers – reportedly the female -- was later captured wounded, Turkish media mentioned. Neither media nor the authorities indicated who may have carried out the attacks.

But they came amid rising tensions on Turkey's streets as the government presses on with a campaign against militants of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party in Turkey and northern Iraq.

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