Two militants who were identified as members of the outlawed Revolutionary People’s Liberation Front (DHKP-C) were arrested on Saturday in Istanbul after attacking police officers in front of the historical Dolmabahce Palace in the Besiktas district of Istanbul.
DHKP-C is recognised as an far-left terror organisation by Turkey, the US and EU and has in the past launched several attacks targeting consulates, political parties, police offices and business people.
The militants who were captured after carrying out the attack on Wednesday were accused of attempting to murder the on-duty officers.
Dolmabahce Palace is an Ottoman-era building and houses the prime minister’s office.
Meanwhile, a Turkish court on Friday arrested Hatice Asik, a suspect who was identified as a member of the DHKP-C, and charged her of launching an attack on the US general consulate in the Sariyer district of Istanbul on Aug. 10.
Asik was wounded when captured by police and was taken to court after her treatment.
In 2013, DHKP-C also claimed a suicide bombing attack on the US embassy in Turkey’s capital Ankara, killing a Turkish security guard.
Two militants of the organisation killed a Turkish senior prosecutor at Istanbul’s courthouse on March 31 and attempted a suicide bombing attack on the headquarters of the Turkish National Police Department in Istanbul the next day, in which one militant died during the attempted attack.