Two dead and police kill two suspected attackers after car bomb explodes in Turkey

At least five others are said to have been wounded in the blast in the city of Izmir

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Security and medics at the explosion site in Izmir, Turkey. Picture by Emre Tazegul AP/Press Association Images

Two suspected attackers have been killed by Turkish police after an explosion near a courthouse in the coastal city of Izmir.

Provincial governor Erol Ayyildiz told reporters: "A clash erupted after our police officers wanted to stop a vehicle at a police check point in front of Bayrakli courthouse.

"In this clash, terrorists detonated the car bomb while trying to escape."

Mr Ayyildiz said a police officer and a courthouse employee had been killed in the attack.

At least five others were reportedly injured, some of them critically.

Armed officers are said to be looking for a third suspect.

The attackers were armed with Kalashnikov rifles and grenades, officials said.

A rocket launcher, automatic rifle and eight hand grenades were seized by police.

Findings so far suggested that the PKK were behind the attack, Mr Ayyildiz said.

The governor said a second vehicle which is thought to have belonged to the attackers was destroyed in a controlled explosion.

Twenty suspected Islamic State militants were held in Izmir on Wednesday.

Turkish media reported that the raids were linked to the recent Istanbul nightclub attack.