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Guman wounds 2 near Istanbul's Topkapi Palace
Gunman clashes with security forces inside Topkapi Palace, 2 wounded
By The Associated Press

ISTANBUL (AP) ' Witnesses say a gunman has wounded a soldier and a security guard at the entrance of Istanbul's Topkapi Palace on Wednesday, before engaging in a shootout with police inside the palace courtyard.

An Associated Press Television editor at the scene says multiple gun shots are heard from behind high walls of the Topkapi Palace, which is across the Blue Mosque. Initial reports said the attack occurred outside the Blue Mosque, which is close to the palace.

NTV television, citing police, says the gunman initially agreed to surrender then began firing on police forces.

A picture shows the man heavily armed with at least two rifles before the attack.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) ' A gunman opened fire near Istanbul's Blue Mosque on Wednesday, wounding two people in the heart of Istanbul's tourist center, a witness told a news agency.

The witness told Turkey's Dogan news agency says he helped carry two injured people into ambulances after the attack.

State-run TRT television says the motive of the attack was not clear and that the gunman reportedly fired randomly.

It was not clear if the gunman was captured, but police reinforced security at the site, state-run TRT television said.

The area is home to former Byzantine church of Haghia Sophia as well as the Ottoman palace of Topkapi.

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