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|2017 İzmir Courthouse Attack|
|Part of Terrorism in Turkey|
Location of the courthouse, where the attack took place.
|Location||Bayraklı, İzmir, Turkey|
|Date||05 January 2017 |
|Target||Civilians and personnel at the courthouse|
|Terrorism, Car bombing, mass shooting|
|Weapons||AK-47, RPG-7, Hand Grenade|
|Deaths||4 (1 civilian, 1 police officer, 2 perpetrators)|
|Perpetrators||Kurdistan Freedom Hawks|
|Assailants||Mustafa Çoban †|
Enes Yıldırım †
On 5 January 2017 16:10 local time, two heavily armed terrorists detonated a car bomb outside a courthouse in Bayraklı, İzmir, Aegean Province of Turkey, and triggered a deadly shootout, killing two people. Two of the terrorists were killed, while a third managed to escape.
Terrorists tried to enter the courthouse auto park with their car full of explosives. Security forces identified the vehicle as a threat as it approached a checkpoint, causing the attackers to leave their car, detonate their explosives and open fire with AK-47 rifles.
Gunfire broke out between police and the men suspected to have orchestrated the attack. Two terrorists were shot dead at the scene, while a third terrorist is thought to have escaped.
Kurdish police officer Fethi Sekin, who identified the vehicle shouting "Terrorists!" and stopped the attack by triggering the gunfight, was killed after shooting at least one of the suspects. Also, an employee of the İzmir courthouse was killed during the gunfire. 7 people were injured, including 4 police officers and 3 civilians.
Erol Ayyildiz, governor of İzmir, said that police officer Fethi Sekin prevented an even bigger attack by noticing the bomb-laden car on time, intervening and stopping the assailants from reaching the courthouse itself.
Turkish prime minister Binali Yıldırım stated that ‘Our heroic police officer martyred in this attack, prevented a much bigger disaster happening, sacrificing his own life without a thought for it.’
Hundreds of people gathered for a memorial service in Izmir to hail Sekin as a national hero, with photos of his coffin draped in the Turkish flag flooding social media. People were seen waiting outside in the cold, wet weather, with umbrellas and rain jackets, to pay their respects.
ISIL claimed responsibility for the attack on the day of the attack.
On January 11, Kurdistan Freedom Hawks claimed responsibility for the attack and identified the attackers.
Images posted online have also emerged showing the bodies of two suspects lying on the ground after being shot, with their weapons nearby.
The U.S. government, United Kingdom and the European Union has designated the Kurdistan Freedom Hawks as a terrorist organization, while Turkey regards the group as part of the terrorist organization Kurdistan Workers' Party, therefore doesn't list it separately.
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