Woman wielding assault rifle and grenades is shot dead by armed police as she storms Turkish police HQ

A woman armed with guns and hand grenades was shot dead as she tried to attack Istanbul’s police headquarters on Wednesday just a day after a deadly hostage situation in the city.

A picture of the red-haired woman lying on the ground with a rifle strapped to her body and a handgun by her side has emerged and television footage showed police sealing off the street in the central Aksaray neighbourhood.

The attack comes a day after Turkish prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz, 46, died in hospital after members of the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) stormed a courthouse and took him hostage. It is not known who fired the fatal shots.