Istanbul Police Chief Celalettin Cerrah (4th L, using mobile phone) and other security officials inspect the bodies of police officers in front of the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul July 9, 2008. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Turkish President Abdullah Gul has strongly condemned the terrorist attack.
The most recent attack on a foreign mission in Turkey was in 2003 when al-Qaida militants detonated a car bomb outside the British consulate in Istanbul, and simultaneously attacked the British HSBC bank.
(Xinhua News Agency July 10, 2008)