Gunmen Attack Istanbul Courthouse, Two Suspects Killed in Police Shootout

Gunmen launched a brazen attack on the Caglayan courthouse in Istanbul, resulting in the deaths of two suspects and leaving six people injured, including three police officers. Turkish authorities have labeled the incident as a “terrorist act” and attributed it to the leftist armed group Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP-C).

According to Turkish Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya, the assailants, identified as EY and PB, engaged in a gun battle with the police after opening fire on a checkpoint near the courthouse. Both suspects were allegedly members of the DHKP-C, a group classified as a “terrorist organization” in Turkey. The DHKP-C has been involved in anti-state activities since the 1980s.

Footage from the scene captured the aftermath of the attack, showing a heavy police presence and closed entry and exit points at the courthouse. Justice Minister Yilmaz Tunc confirmed that prosecutors have initiated an investigation into the incident.

This attack comes amidst heightened tensions in Turkey due to the ongoing conflict in Gaza, which has sparked unrest across the Middle East. It follows a series of recent armed attacks in the country, including the storming of a church in Istanbul by masked gunmen, believed to be affiliated with ISIL (ISIS), resulting in one fatality. Authorities have made numerous arrests in connection with these attacks and suspected links to extremist groups.

Turkey has also been grappling with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a separatist armed group that has been engaged in a long-standing conflict with the Turkish government. In October, the PKK carried out a suicide attack on the Ministry of Interior’s building in Ankara. In response, Turkish authorities launched airstrikes on Kurdish positions in northern Iraq and detained hundreds of individuals with alleged ties to Kurdish groups.

As investigations into the Istanbul courthouse attack continue, the Turkish government remains vigilant in its efforts to combat terrorism and maintain stability within the country.

 

CrimeDoor
Author: CrimeDoor

2 Responses

  1. The attack on the Caglayan courthouse in Istanbul can be likened to a sudden storm that strikes a peaceful garden. Just like how the gunmen disrupted the tranquility of the courthouse, the storm disrupts the calmness of the garden. The deaths of the suspects and the injuries of the police officers can be compared to the destruction caused by the storm, leaving behind a trail of damage and chaos.

  2. What measures can be taken to prevent such attacks on courthouses and ensure the safety of both the public and law enforcement officials?

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