Two Suspected Gunmen Held After Shooting at Istanbul's Dolmabahe Palace

Dolmabahce palace shooting
The Ottoman era Dolmabahce Palace is decorated with a huge Turkish flag as part of the National Sovereignty and Children's Day celebrations in Istanbul, April 23, 2009. Murad Sezer/Reuters

Updated | Police detained two suspected gunmen near the scene of a shooting at the Dolmabahçe Palace in Turkey's largest-city, Istanbul, on Wednesday, according to local media reports. The palace is a popular tourist attraction and also houses the office of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

The suspects opened fire on police officers stationed outside the palace's entrance, Reutersreported, citing Turkey's Dogan News agency. No casualties were reported.

The roads around the palace complex have been sealed off and ambulances arrived on the scene, according to Turkish daily Hurriyet. The historic Ottoman-era building is located in the Besiktas district of the city on the coast of the Bosphorus.

No group has claimed responsibility for the gun attack but Turkey's security services have been on high alert since the ruling AKP party launched a crackdown on suspected ISIS operatives in the country and on Kurdish militants aligned with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

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In a separate incident on Wednesday, a roadside bomb attack killed eight Turkish soldiers in the southeastern province of Siirt, security sources confirmed to Reuters. Kurdish militants have been blamed for the attack amid a wave of violence between the Turkish military and Kurdish separatists in recent weeks.

Turkey increased operations against both the PKK and Islamic State (ISIS) in reaction to the ISIS-linked suicide bombing in the southeastern town of Suruç earlier this month, which killed 32 people.

The threat from leftist militant groups is also a concern for the Turkish leadership. The Turkish leftist DHKP-C militant group last week claimed responsibility for an attack on the U.S. consulate in Istanbul.

This is a developing story and will be updated as new information becomes available.

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