A car bomb attack near the courthouse in Izmir killed at least two people today.
Izmir Governor Erol Ayyldiz said one of the victims was a police officer while the other was an employee at the courthouse, adding that around seven people were also wounded and two militants were killed.
A police officer apparently prevented an even bigger attack by noticing the bomb-laden car on time and intervening.
He said an armed clash erupted with militants as police attempted to stop and search the car.
The governor also stated that the militants were killed in clashes while two Kalashnikov and eight hand grenades were also seized.
According to Governor Ayyildiz, another car was also detonated near the scene.
The explosion took place near a police checkpoint at the judges’ and prosecutors’ entrance around 4pm today.
Initial findings point to the work of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).