ISTANBUL — One particular person died and two assailants had been fatally shot in an assault on a courthouse in Istanbul on Tuesday, Turkish officers mentioned.
The attackers, a person and girl, had been killed throughout an “try and assault” a safety checkpoint on the Caglayan courthouse, Inside Minister Ali Yerlikaya posted on social media.
He mentioned six individuals had been wounded, together with three law enforcement officials. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan later mentioned one of many civilians died.
Caglayan, which is also referred to as the Istanbul Justice Palace, is a big courtroom complicated within the Kagithane district on the town’s European aspect. Closely guarded and with a number of entrances, it was Europe’s largest courthouse on the time of its opening in 2011.
Digicam footage printed by Turkey’s state-run Anadolu information company confirmed the assailants being gunned down on the constructing’s forecourt. They appeared to shoot again at police earlier than they had been killed.
Different photos confirmed individuals sheltering by the gates of a metallic detector contained in the courthouse or working for canopy. Cops helped a person who appeared to have been wounded within the leg.
Mahir Yildiz heard gunshots as he left the courthouse. “One of many individuals was a lady and one was a person,” he mentioned. “The police returned fireplace. The person was shot first, then the girl fired just a few pictures and so they shot her.”
One other witness, Emre Ozyurt, mentioned his “blood froze” as he was caught up within the assault. “Folks had been very scared, there have been individuals working left and proper,” he mentioned.
Yerlikaya later recognized the attackers as alleged members of the Revolutionary Folks’s Liberation Celebration-Entrance, or DHKP/C, a far-left group that’s thought-about a terrorist group in Turkey, the USA and the European Union.
The Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Workplace has opened an investigation, Turkish Justice Minister Yilmaz Tunc mentioned.
Non-public information company DHA reported that the elder sister of the feminine attacker appeared as a defendant at Caglayan simply half an hour after the assault. She confronted fees of membership in a terrorist group and possessing harmful supplies.
The assault came about on the day that Turkey was commemorating the anniversary of an earthquake within the nation’s south that killed greater than 53,000 individuals.
“The Republic of Turkey will proceed to struggle in opposition to all terrorist organizations and people who assist them,” Erdogan mentioned at an earthquake commemoration ceremony within the southern metropolis of Kahramanmaras. “I wish to pray for the soul of the injured one who misplaced their life.”
The DHKP/C has been largely inactive in recent times. In March 2015, it took a prosecutor hostage on the similar courthouse, demanding particulars in regards to the police killing of a young person throughout anti-government protests the earlier 12 months.
Two gunmen died as police stormed the constructing, and the prosecutor later died of his accidents.
The group additionally claimed duty for a February 2013 suicide bomb assault on the U.S. Embassy in Ankara during which a Turkish safety guard was killed and 4 different individuals wounded.
Final month, a person was shot and killed at an Istanbul church in an assault that was claimed by the Islamic State group.
Two males had been later arrested on suspicion of killing Tuncer Cihan on Jan. 28 on the Santa Maria Church within the Buyukdere neighborhood. Dozens of suspected IS members and supporters additionally had been detained.