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Turkey: Istanbul: Two attackers killed in front of courthouse

Turkey: Istanbul: Two attackers killed in front of courthouse

Turkish police foiled a terrorist attack on a courthouse in Istanbul. The Interior Minister confirms the death of the attackers – they were members of the left-wing extremist DHKP-C.

According to official information, Turkish police have repelled a terrorist attack on an Istanbul courthouse. The attackers, a woman and a man, were dead, Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya announced on the X platform, formerly Twitter.

They therefore belonged to the left-wing extremist DHKP-C, which has already carried out attacks in Turkey in the past. Six people were injured, including three police officers, Yerlikaya wrote. He thanked the police officers for their efforts.

Pictures showed people fleeing into the building in panic, while shots could be heard outside the building. A police helicopter circled over the building. The broadcasting authority RTÜK imposed a news blackout.

The courthouse had been the scene of armed attacks in the past. In 2015, a prosecutor was killed in the courthouse after the DHKP-C took him hostage.

The DHKP-C is a Marxist-Leninist group that wants to destroy the state order in Turkey through an armed overthrow and replace it with a socialist system. It is on the terror list in Turkey, the EU and the USA.

Source: Stern

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