Two suspected gunmen have been captured after an attack on police guarding Istanbul’s Dolmabahce Palace, Sky News reports. The two were captured close to Taksim Square allegedly carrying automatic guns. Ambulances have been sent to the area and roads have been sealed off by police, according to the Hurriyet newspaper.
One of the officers was slightly injured, Turkey’s state-run news agency said. Sky Producer Guldenay Sonumut Lacin said: “They first threw a stun grenade then fired shots at the police. Right after they shot at police the two suspects started fleeing. “Police arrived at the scene very quickly and closed down the whole area and apprehended the two suspects very quickly.”
The Istanbul Governor’s office has said a “terrorist group” was responsible for the attack and that the two assailants were carrying hand grenades and an automatic rifle. Dolmabache Palace, a popular tourist attraction, is where the Prime Minister works, though Ahmet Davutoglu was not present at the time of the attack.
It comes amid reports of eight Turkish soldiers being killed in a roadside bomb attack in the southeastern province of Siirt. The attack has been blamed on Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants. Violence has escalated of late between Turkey’s security forces and Kurdish rebels
At least 85 people, most of them police and soldiers, have been killed since July.