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Istanbul (AFP) - Two militants on Wednesday launched an attack with guns and explosives on the Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul, one of Turkey's main tourist attractions which also houses offices of the prime minister. Initial reports had said gunfire and an explosion was heard outside the palace, which was crowded with tourists at the height of the summer season. "Members of the terrorist organisation launched an attack with weapons and hand grenades," the Istanbul governor's office said in a statement.




The two attackers -- carrying two hand grenades, an automatic rifle, a gun and other ammunition -- were caught by police, the statement said, adding that there were no fatalities. Security sources speaking to the state-run Anatolia news agency however said that a policeman was lightly injured in the attack.




There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but Anatolia said that the suspects were members of the radical left wing Revolutionary People's Liberation Front (DHKP-C). The DHKP-C claimed a similar attack on the Dolmabahce Palace on January 1 where two grenades were hurled at the guards which failed to explode. The militants were also behind an attack earlier this month on ruling Justice and Development Party's (AKP) headquarters in Istanbul, Anatolia said.







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