Blast Reported Outside Courthouse In Turkish City


Ankara: A suspected car bombing has struck a court in the Turkish city of Izmir, followed by a gun battle between police and two suspected terrorists.

At least three people were injured by the blast, with a large number of judges and lawyers at the entrance to the courthouse at the time.

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Gunfire broke out between police and two men suspected to have orchestrated the attack, CNN Turk reported. One of the men was killed at the scene.

The second suspect was later shot by police nearby, sources told Reuters.

Photos taken from surrounding buildings appeared to show a vehicle on fire in the building’s car park.

Gunfire rang out following the attack, as ambulances and emergency services rushed to the scene and people were moved to safety, amid fears of a second bomb.

It follows a series of terror attacks across Turkey by Isis and Kurdish extremist groups.

Isis claimed responsibility for the latest attack in the early hours of New Year’s Day, where a gunman massacred 39 people at a nightclub in Istanbul.

Izmir, the third-largest city in Turkey, sits on the Aegean Sea and is a popular destination for tourists visiting Turkey’s coastline.