A police officer has been stabbed to death by a suspected member of Islamic State, according to Turkish media. Police had detained a man thought to be planning a bomb attack on behalf of the extremist group, Turkey’s Anadolu news agency said.
The suspect was being taken to Istanbul’s main police station at around 11pm local time, escorted by two officers, when he stabbed one of them, police said. The officer, named as Sinan Acar, was taken away by ambulance but died in hospital.
The attacker was shot dead but questions remain as to how he had managed to keep a knife with him after he was arrested.