Vigilance urged after attack on Turkish resort

Vigilance urged after attack on Turkish resort

British travellers have been warned to remain vigilant after deadly attack on a courthouse in the Turkish resort city of Izmir.

Two attackers, a policeman and a court worker were reportedly killed in yesterday’s car bomb and gun assault.

The attackers drove a car to the courthouse entrance, sparking an exchange with police and then detonating the car bomb.

A number of people were wounded in the explosion, some critically.

Turkey’s deputy prime minister Veysi Kaynak reportedly said that a much larger attack was being planned, judging by the weapons found following the raid.

Some of Turkey’s big cities have recently been targeted both by so-called Islamic State (IS) and by Kurdish militants.

IS had said it was behind last weekend’s Istanbul nightclub attack that left 39 people dead.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office issued an updated travel advisory in the wake of the latest incident.

“There has been an explosion outside the main courthouse in the Bayrakli district of Izmir on 5 January; if you’re in the area you should remain vigilant and follow the advice of the local authorities,” the FCO said.

Turkey launched a military operation in Syria in August to push back IS and Kurdish forces from the Turkish border.

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