Shots fired at po­lice guard­ing Is­tan­bul palace; of­fi­cer hurt

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY BERZA SIM­SEK AND SUZAN FRASER

Turk­ish po­lice ar­rested two peo­ple Wed­nes­day af­ter a hand grenade was hurled and shots were fired at of­fi­cers guard­ing Is­tan­bul’s Dolmabache Palace, an Ot­toman­era palace that is a ma­jor tourist at­trac­tion, the Is­tan­bul gover­nor’s of­fice said. One po­lice of­fi­cer was slightly in­jured, ac­cord­ing to the coun­try’s state-run news agency.

Later Wed­nes­day, at least eight Turk­ish sol­diers were killed by a road­side bomb det­o­nated by Kur­dish rebels in Tur­key’s mainly Kur­dish south­east re­gion, the mil­i­tary said.

Po­lice ap­pre­hended two peo­ple in an area close to the palace and seized two hand-grenades, an au­to­matic ri­fle, a hand gun and a large amount of am­mu­ni­tion, a state­ment from the Is­tan­bul gover­nor’s of­fice said. It did not iden­tify the sus­pects or give a mo­tive for the at­tack.

How­ever, the state-run Anadolu Agency said the two as­sailants are mem­bers of the out­lawed left­ist group the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army-Front, or DHKP-C. It did not cite a source for the re­port.

The DHKP-C claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for an at­tack ear­lier this month in which two fe­male as­sailants opened fire at the U.S. Con­sulate in Is­tan­bul. No one was hurt in the at­tack but one of the as­sailants was shot by po­lice and hos­pi­tal­ized.

The at­tacks come amid a sharp rise in vi­o­lence be­tween Tur­key’s se­cu­rity forces and the Kur­dish rebels, and as Tur­key has been con­duct­ing oper­a­tions against the Is­lamic State group and oth­ers. Tur­key last month rounded up more than 1,000 peo­ple linked to IS, the Kur­dish rebels and the DHKP-C. Turk­ish war­planes, mean­while, have raided PKK tar­gets in Iraq and in south­east Tur­key in tan­dem with airstrikes against Is­lamic State mil­i­tants in Syria since late July.

Close to 100 peo­ple, most of them po­lice and sol­diers, have been killed since July in the re­newed vi­o­lence be­tween the se­cu­rity forces and the Kur­dis­tan Work­ers’ Party, or PKK, ac­cord­ing to a count by The As­so­ci­ated Press.

An IS pro­pa­ganda video re­leased this week called Tur­key’s pres­i­dent, Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan, a traitor for al­low­ing the U.S. to use air bases for strikes against the group, and urged all Mus­lims in Tur­key to join the IS in its fight against “cru­saders, athe­ists and tyrants.”

The prime min­is­ter has an of­fice in­side the 19th Cen­tury Dolmabahce palace, si­t­u­ated on the shores of the Bospho­rus strait, but was in the cap­i­tal Ankara at the time of the at­tack.

AP

Po­lice of­fi­cer se­cure the road that leads to Is­tan­bul’s Dolmabache Palace, Wed­nes­day, Aug 19, fol­low­ing an armed at­tack.

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