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Gunman wounds 2 near Istanbul's Topkapi Palace
Gunman opens fires inside Istanbul's Topkapi Palace wounding 2 people
By The Associated Press

ISTANBUL (AP) ' A heavily armed gunman wounded a soldier and a security guard at the entrance of Istanbul's Topkapi Palace before being shot dead Wednesday, witnesses said.

Multiple gun shots were heard from behind high walls of the Topkapi Palace, which is across the city's Blue Mosque, an Associated Press Television editor at the scene said.

A picture by IHA news agency showed the man carrying at least two rifles and a cartridge belt around his neck. The picture shows the man wearing black overcoat, cap and also carrying a backpack.

Istanbul's Governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu said the motive of the attack was not immediately known.

Witnesses told state-run TRT television and NTV television that the man shot the soldier in the leg and the guard in the abdomen before running into the palace courtyard, chanting in Arabic "God is Great!".

State-run TRT television said the man also seized the weapon of the wounded soldier.

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