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Izmir explosion: At least two killed in Turkey car bomb targeting courthouse

Police officer and courthouse staff member killed in blast as two suspects shot and killed in ensuing gun fight in attack blamed on Kurdish separatists

A police officer and member of the courthouse staff been killed in a car bombing near a courthouse in the Turkish city of Izmir.

CNN Turk said that police had identified the car as a threat when it stopped at a checkpoint and tried to disable it before the attackers set it off anyway. 

Two suspected attackers were killed in an ensuing gun battle, and a third is believed to still be on the run.

At least 10 people have been injured in the incident, District Mayor Hasan Karadag said earlier. He blamed the incident on the militant Kurdish separatist group known as the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) and said that the police had stopped a possibly more serious attack on the courthouse itself.

Izmir, a port city on the Aegean Sea, has been the focus of police and special forces' attention this week as authorities continue their search for a gunman who killed 39 people in the New Year's Eve attack on an Istanbul nightclub.

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Several arrests have been made in the city in connection to the attack. Police believe the suspect stayed there for three weeks before travelling to Istanbul, and may have had accomplices who helped him plan the assault.

The attack was claimed by Isis in what the terror group said was revenge for Turkish military intervention in the Syrian civil war.

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