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Two detained after shooting at Istanbul’s Dolmabahce palace (Updated)

Turkish policeman patrols the area after a shooting incident near the entrance to Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul,

Two assailants who staged a hand grenade and gun attack on police at the entrance to Istanbul’s Dolmabahce palace were detained with their weapons on Wednesday, the Istanbul governor’s office said.

It said the attackers were from a “terrorist group”, without specifying which group, adding they were believed to have been involved in an armed attack on the offices of the ruling AK Party on Aug. 8.

Ambulances were sent to the area around the building and roads were sealed off by police, but there were no reports of casualties. Dogan said the attackers had targeted police officers stationed at the entrance to the palace.

Some local media reports suggested there had also been an explosion but there was no independent confirmation of this.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutolgu was in the capital Ankara as reports of the attack emerged and did not interrupt a speech being broadcast on live television.

Turkey has been in a heightened state of alert since launching a “synchronised war on terror” last month, which included air strikes against Islamic State fighters in Syria and Kurdish militants in northern Iraq.

A fighter proclaiming allegiance to Islamic State appeared in a video this week urging Turks to rebel against “infidel” President Tayyip Erdogan and help conquer Istanbul, highlighting the threat to the NATO member state.

Turkey also faces a threat from far-leftist militants.

The leftist Revolutionary People’s Liberation Army-Front (DHKP-C) claimed responsibility earlier this month for an attack on the U.S. consulate in Istanbul, in which two women shot at the building. One of the attackers was hurt in an exchange of fire but there were no other casualties.

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