Today, the minister, Ali Yerlikaya, announced on “X” that a terrorist attack had taken place at the C gate checkpoint of the Caglayan courthouse. The two assailants, a man and a woman, who were identified as members of the DHKP-C terrorist group, were neutralized. The injured were taken to the hospital.
The minister did not specify the weapons used in the attack. All entry and exit at the Caglayan courthouse have been temporarily suspended. The DHKP-C, a radical Marxist-Leninist organization, has been labeled as “terrorist” by Ankara and its Western allies, and has claimed responsibility for several past attacks in Turkey.
The armed group had previously carried out an attack in 2015 on the Istanbul courthouse, resulting in the death of the then-prosecutor, Mehmet Selim Kiraz. Several attacks, attributed to or claimed by different armed groups, have recently targeted Istanbul and Ankara. A man was killed at the end of January in Istanbul during a Catholic Italian church service in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.
In October, two police officers were injured in an attack claimed by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) against the Turkish Ministry of the Interior in Ankara.