Guard at historic palace attacked in Turkey

14:37, January 29, 2011      

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A soldier on guard in one of Istanbul's most historic palaces was wounded by gunfire early Friday morning, Anatolia News Agency reported.

One soldier guarding Dolmabahce palace, located in the Besiktas district on the European side and the former home of the Ottoman Sultans, was shot on the shoulder while in his sentry box around 6: 30 am (0630GMT).

Eyewitnesses said five to six rounds of gunfire were heard.

The soldier was taken to nearby Gumussuyu military hospital near Taksim square for treatment.

Police were sent to the scene after the incident, and a comprehensive investigation is under way.

Dolmabahce palace was constructed in the mid 19th century and served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman empire until the establishment of the republic in 1923.

Dolmabahce is Turkey's largest palace and, operated by the directorate of national palaces, is also open to visitors.

Source: Xinhua
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