ANKARA, Turkey — At least two people were killed and six others wounded when two attackers with automatic weapons and explosives raided a Masonic lodge late Tuesday in Istanbul, the country's commercial capital.
One of the assailants died and another, who had explosives strapped to his torso, was badly wounded. The attack comes four months after four suicide bombings blamed on Al Qaeda killed at least 60 people in Istanbul.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Tuesday's attack.
Eyewitnesses quoted by the private television news channel CNN-Turk said the men chanted Islamic slogans as they entered the building in the Kartal neighborhood about 10 p.m. They shot the building's guard in the leg and then sprayed the lodge's canteen with bullets, shattering its window and wounding several diners, Istanbul Gov. Muammer Guler said.
One of the wounded was reported to be in critical condition.
"One terrorist and one waiter was killed," Guler said. He said the second attacker suffered serious injuries.
The suspect was identified only as Abdullah Islam.
Firefighters and ambulances rushed to Kartal, a sprawling, lower-middle-class neighborhood largely populated by ethnic Kurds from Turkey's southeastern provinces.
After the bombings in November, Guler insisted that the city was safe from additional suicide attacks. One senior Western intelligence source, speaking on condition of anonymity, had termed Guler's assertion "wildly optimistic" at the time.