Terrorists spread carnage by detonating a car bomb outside a courthouse in the Turkish Aegean city of Izmir killing two and injuring at least 10.
Turkey is on edge after an Islamic State supporter carried out a shooting that killed 39 people in an Instanbul nightclub packed with New Year’s Eve partygoers.
The state-run Anadolu Agency later said two attackers were killed in a gunfight with the security forces following the blast caused by a car bomb. The police said they were searching for the third attacker.
The bomb exploded outside an entrance used by judges and prosecutors, according to local media reports.
The gunmen were reportedly firing Kalashniklov rifles. An automatic rifle, eight hand grenades and a rocket launcher were found at the scene.
The blast in Turkey’s third largest city highlights the country’s deteriorating security situation.
A day earlier, Turkish police detained 20 suspected Islamic State militants thought to be of Central Asian and North African origin in Izmir.
The suspects were believed to have travelled there from the central city of Konya, the statement said.
Provincial governor Erol Ayyildiz said initial finding suggest that the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, was behind the attack.
NATO member Turkey is part of the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State in Syria and is also battling an insurgency by the PKK in the largely Kurdish southeast. Turkey regularly bombs PKK camps in northern Iraq.