September 24, 2018

Turkey car bomb and gun attack near courthouse in Izmir

4Two attackers, a policeman and a civilian have been killed in a car bomb and gun assault on a courthouse in the Turkish city of Izmir, state media say.
At least 10 people were reportedly wounded in the explosion.
Images showed two cars ablaze and the body of one man carrying a weapon. Reports say a third attacker is sought.
Izmir has seen a number of arrests in connection with last weekend’s Istanbul nightclub attack, but the raid on the court has not been linked so far.
A number of those arrested in Izmir are of the Uighur ethnic group. They are believed to have come from China’s Xinjiang region and have ties to the nightclub attacker, the state-run Anadolu news agency says.
Several families had recently travelled to Izmir from Konya, a central city where the main Istanbul suspect was said to have stayed for several weeks before the attack.
Deputy PM Veysi Kaynak said they were closing in on the gunman, saying he was possibly an ethnic Uighur.
So-called Islamic State (IS) says it carried out the Istanbul attack over Turkey’s military involvement in the Syrian civil war.
Turkey launched a military operation in Syria in August to push back IS and Kurdish forces.
Some of Turkey’s big cities have since been targeted in a number of bomb attacks by IS but also by Kurdish militants.

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