There has been a car bomb and gun attack near a courthouse in Izmir, Turkey. Two attackers, one policeman, and one civilian have been killed so far in the incident. The policeman and civilian were killed as a result of the explosion, and the two gunmen were killed in the following gunfight. According to the governor of Izmir, Erol Ayyildiz, the vehicle caught the attention of police officers after it stopped suspiciously in front of the courthouse, soon after which the bomb was detonated.
According to BBC, in addition to the four deaths, early reports indicate that anywhere from 5-20 people have been wounded in the explosion, some of whom are in critical condition. At this time, it is not clear who is responsible for the attack, but Turkish officials say the initial investigation points to Kurdish rebels.
The attack comes just days after a gunman stormed an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Eve, killing 39 people. So far, there has been no claim of responsibility or indication of who may have orchestrated the attack.
Car bomb near courthouse in Turkish city of Izmir injures at least 3 people; police kill two suspected attackers, local media reports pic.twitter.com/57THtBbnxc
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A police officer and courthouse official were killed after a car bomb was detonated in front of a courthouse in Izmir, Turkey.
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