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Police Arrest Gunmen Who Opened Fire at Istanbul's Dolmabahce Palace

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | August 20, 2015

Police Arrest Gunmen Who Opened Fire at Istanbul's Dolmabahce Palace

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Police have arrested a pair of gunmen who allegedly opened fire near Istanbul's Dolmabahce Palace, a popular tourist destination for travelers visiting Turkey's largest city, the Independent reported.

Citing local media, the British media outlet reported that two heavily armed gunmen fired shots at guards outside of the palace Wednesday. After arriving on the scene, police returned fire. 

In addition to automatic rifles, the perpetrators were reportedly armed with hand grenades. At one point, there were reports of an explosion. 

The gunmen, identified by the Istanbul governor's office as members of a "terrorist group," per Reuters, were taken into custody near the German consulate. 

No one was killed or severely injured in the shootout. However one police officer was "lightly wounded," the Anadolu news agency reported. 

The below clip from Conflict News shows the aftermath and authorities closing off the scene to the public: 

Once the main seat of power for the Ottoman Empire in the late 19th and early 20th century, the Dolmabahce Palace is located not far from the Turkish Prime Minister's offices. 

The only way for tourists to access the palace's interior is to register for a guided tour. 

Traveler reviews on TripAdvisor rank the palace among the top 25 things to do in Istanbul, with more than one-half of the 2,500-plus reviews submitted rating it "excellent." Given the attraction's popularity, it's extremely fortunate that no one was seriously harmed in the attack. 

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