Assailants who attacked on Turkish police forces standing guard in Dolmabahce Palace located in Istanbul’s Besiktas District on Wednesday were identified as the militants of the outlawed Revolutionary People’s Liberation Front (DHKP-C), security officials reported on Thursday.
Following the attack, two suspects were detained near the German Consulate in Gumussuyu, Besiktas with two grenades, gun, and some ammunitions.
According to police sources, the suspects [Ayberk Demirdogen and Guven Usta] had been arrested a while ago, after they were accused of being members of DHKP-C militant group.
DHKP-C is recognised as a terror organisation by Turkey as well as the US and EU.
Meanwhile, the attackers are believed to be the same who carried out an armed attack against the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Istanbul headquarters in Beyoglu District on August 8, Istanbul governorate said in a statement.
Dolmabahce Palace is an Ottoman-era building and a museum, and also houses the prime minister’s working office in Istanbul.
Security forces launched an investigation after Wednesday's attack, detaining more than 40 suspects in different cities across Turkey.
Sources reported that the majority of suspects were detained in the country's southern province of Mersin.
The police also raided homes suspected of belonging to DHKP-C militants in Sariyer District of Istanbul where the US Consulate is located. An attack on the consulate was carried out by two DHKP-C militants on August 10.
Another attack had previously taken place on January 1, targeting the Dolmabahce Palace. An armed man threw grenades and tried to fire his gun on the police cabin in front of the palace. He was later captured and seized by the authorities.
Fırat O. who carried out the terror attack was described as a member of an illegal leftist organisation .
Since July 24, over 1,700 people have been arrested in a wave of counter-terrorism operations amid a growing number of attacks targeting Turkey's police and military.