Turkish Minister for Justice Bekir Bozdağ has announced that the identities of the terrorists behind Thursday's Izmir attack were determined.
“There is no doubt that the PKK gave instructions to carry out the Izmir attack," said Bozdağ. The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has launched a series of terror attacks across Turkey.
A total of 18 suspects have been detained so far in connection with the bombing and gun attack.
Bozdağ said investigations were still underway, and expressed a message of national solidarity.
“We will continue to be resolute in the face of terrorism," said Bozdağ.
“Just like Ömer Halisdemir did on July 15, our brother Fethi Sekin prevented a huge disaster," said Bozdağ. Ömer Halisdemir was a Turkish soldier who was martyred during the July 15 coup plot. Fethi Sekin was the police officer who pursued and killed one of the terrorists behind the Izmir attack before being martyred.
The car bombing and gunfire outside the main courthouse in Turkey's third largest city, located on its western Aegean coast, killed two people.
Turkey releases 2 suspects held for Izmir attack
Two people held in connection with Thursday's gun-and-bomb terrorist attack in western Izmir province were released on Friday, according to a police source. The two suspects were released early morning in Izmir, the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, said. Thursday's attack occurred just outside a courthouse when police officer Fethi Sekin stopped a suspicious vehicle, which turned out to be carrying explosives. The ensuing clash and a car-bomb attack left Sekin and a court official martyred and five others injured as a bigger blast involving another vehicle was thwarted, according to Governor Erol Ayyildiz. Turkey has suffered several terrorist attacks over the last month. On Dec. 10, a twin bomb attack in Istanbul by the PKK terrorist group left 46 people -- mostly police officers – martyred. A week later, a suicide car bomb attack by the PKK hit a public bus in the central Anatolian city of Kayseri, martyring 14 soldiers. On Jan. 1, an armed attack on a nightclub in Istanbul during the New Year celebrations martyred 39 people. PKK likely to be behind Izmir terror attack: Governor One police officer, one courthouse employee martyred in Izmir car bomb attack
Foreign officials condemn Izmir terror attack
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has condemned Thursday's terror attack in western Turkish city of Izmir which left two martyred and five others wounded. In a written statement issued late Thursday, Steinmeier said: "Germany is on Turkey's side in the fight against terrorism, no matter if it has an Islamist, ethnic or ideological motive."One police officer, one courthouse employee martyred in Izmir car bomb attack Steinmeier praised Turkish security forces' success in preventing a worse scenario. "We mourn for the victims with their families and relatives and are worried about the wounded ones." British Ambassador to Turkey Richard Moore condemned the attack on Twitter, saying: "I pay tribute to heroism of Turkish police in preventing more deaths and injuries." Australian Ambassador to Turkey James Larsen posted: "I condemn today's act of terror in Izmir. Condolences to victims and their families. Australia stands with Turkey at this difficult time." The US Embassy in Ankara also published a Twitter message condemning the attack. A police officer and an officer of the court were martyred in the attack near the main courthouse in Turkey's Aegean coastal city of Izmir.Galeri: An explosive-laden car bomb explodes near a courthouse in Izmir Izmir Governor Erol Ayyıldız said the PKK terrorist organization was thought to be behind the attack, according to initial findings.Ayyıldız said that an armed clash took place between the terrorists and the security forces when police officers wanted to stop a suspicious vehicle at the checkpoint in front of the courthouse. He said two terrorists were killed and a third one is at large, adding that one more suspicious car believed to belong to the terrorists has been defused by the police.PKK likely to be behind Izmir terror attack: Governor He said the police have seized two Kalashnikovs and 8 hand grenades. Two suspects were detained in Izmir in connection with the terror blast, according to the security sources who asked not to be named due to restrictions on talking to the media.Turkish leaders decry terror attack at Izmir courthouse Turkish prime minister resolute after Izmir attack
Turkish leaders decry terror attack at Izmir courthouse
Turkish leaders have condemned Thursday the terrorist attack near the main courthouse in Turkey's western coastal city of Izmir, which left a police officer and an officer of the court martyred and five others injured. According to Izmir Governor Erol Ayyıldız, terrorists detonated a car-bomb during clash with security forces when police officers wanted to stop a suspicious vehicle at the checkpoint in front of the courthouse.One police officer, one courthouse employee martyred in Izmir car bomb attack President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan condemned the attack on his official Twitter account, saying Turkey would never allow terror to polarize the society. "I condemn the terrorist attack in Izmir and wish Allah's mercy for our martyred police officer who prevented a great tragedy and a clerk who lost his life [in the attack]," Erdoğan wrote. Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım also condemned the attack in a message saying: "I strongly condemn this heinous attack carried out in Izmir -- one of the symbolic provinces for our War of Independence -- which targeted our social peace." Yıldırım said Turkey will overcome the hard days with unity, solidarity and a determined faith.Galeri: An explosive-laden car bomb explodes near a courthouse in Izmir According to prime ministry sources, the prime minister departed for Izmir where he will make remarks at the Adnan Menderes Airport over the terror attack.He is also expected to visit the scene of the attack and pay a visit to the wounded citizens in hospitals. Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu reacted to the terror attack as he shared a message from his official Twitter account. "You will not be able to disrupt our unity," Çavuşoğlu wrote. In a post on his official Twitter account, the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu also condemned the attack. "Every province of our country has been facing terror. Turkey does not deserve it," he tweeted. Two suspects were also detained in Izmir in connection with the terror blast, according to security sources who asked not to be named due to restrictions on talking to the media.Weapons found in Izmir suggest larger attack planned:Turkish deputy PM Video: Initial footage from Izmir attack PKK likely to be behind Izmir terror attack: Governor
Turkish prime minister resolute after Izmir attack
Turkey will come out victorious in its fight against terrorism, the prime minister said in the wake of a terrorist attack in western Izmir province. The attack occurred just outside a courthouse when police officer Fethi Sekin stopped a suspicious vehicle, which turned out to be carrying explosives. The ensuing clashes and a desperation car-bomb attack left Sekin and an office of the court martyred and five others injured as a bigger blast involving another vehicle was thwarted, according to Governor Erol Ayyildiz. "If they (terrorists) had succeeded, our beautiful city of Izmir might have witnessed a major-scale disaster," Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said after landing in Izmir's Adnan Menderes Airport to visit the scene and meet local officials. “Our martyred hero, Officer Fethi Sekin, sacrificed his life without second thoughts, and prevented a much bigger calamity," Yildirim said. The prime minister said terrorist organizations targeting Turkey, including the PKK – which is implicated in this attack – as well as Daesh and others, were “doing shift work". “These heinous terrorist cells should take to heart that we will not be divided and we will not bow down," he said. “Our country will overcome these days in unity, solidarity and unshakable determination."Turkey has suffered four terrorist attacks over the last month. A Dec. 10 Daesh twin attack left 46 people -- mostly police officers -- martyred.A week later, a suicide car bomb attack, this time by the PKK, hit a public bus in the central Anatolian city of Kayseri, martyring 14 soldiers.On Jan 1, an armed attack, again blamed on Daesh, on a nightclub during the new year celebrations martyred 39 people.