Urban Guerrilla in Istanbul


Increasing attacks in İstanbul feed concerns about security

Police have failed to make progress in a case in which an assailant escaped after attempting to shoot İlhan Yıldırım, the brother of former Minister of Transportation Binali Yıldırım, in the evening hours of Feb. 10 in İstanbul’s Çekmeköy district. Yıldırım, who leads the İstanbul branch of the Red Crescent, was not hurt in the incident as the assailant reportedly misfired, although his driver was injured. The Maoist Communist Party (MKP) claimed responsibility for the shooting a week after the incident.

In another incident in İstanbul’s Taksim Square in early February, Elif Sultan Kalsen, a member of the far-left Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C), managed to flee the scene of an attack on police. She is the main suspect in the incident and is still at large. Despite clear video records of Kalsen’s taxi-assisted escape, almost three weeks have passed since the incident without her capture.


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