ISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Police arrested two individuals Wednesday after shots were fired at officers guarding the Dolmabache Palace in Istanbul.
In addition to the gunshots, a hand grenade was also used in the attack of the palace. Police arrested two people near the palace and found two unused hand grenades, an automatic rifle, a hand gun and a large supply of ammo. Neither the motive nor the identity of the attackers has been released.
The Palace, which dates back to the Ottoman era, is a popular destination for tourists visiting Turkey. It is also the place where the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Ataturk, spent the last few days of his life. The prime minister’s offices are nearby.
One policeman was lightly wounded, and local media reports say that no one was killed or badly injured. A large area around the palace was cordoned off from passersby.
The attack comes in the wake of increased violence between Turkey and Kurdish rebels, which is fighting the Islamic State (IS) alongside the United States. A video released by the IS urged viewers to rise up against Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan, who is described in the video as “Satan.”