2 killed in car bombing near a mosque in Turkey

Turkish authorities said two alleged gunmen were killed in a shootout following the attack in the city of ?zmir. A third man is believed to have escaped

2 killed in car bombing near a mosque in Turkey

Two people were killed in a car explosion Thursday near a courthouse in the city of Izmir in western Turkey. A police officer and a courthouse staff member died in the attack, Reuters reported.

Turkish authorities said two alleged gunmen were killed in a shootout following the attack in the city of İzmir. A third man is believed to have escaped. Nine people were hospitalized with injuries, said Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. Officials blamed Kurdish militants for the attack.


A police officer and court employee were killed, said Turkish deputy prime minister Veysi Kaynak, adding that the weapons found at the scene suggested that a much larger attack had been foiled. “Based on the preparation, the weapons, bombs and ammunition seized, it is understood that a big atrocity was being planned,” Kaynak told reporters.

The attack came less than a week after a massacre in an Istanbul nightclub killed 39 revellers on New Year's eve. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tweeted about the two victims saying that he wished "mercy from Allah to the martyr police officer that prevented a major disaster and the crew member that lost his life."