Turkey – A police officer has been described as ‘heroic’ by the Turkish prime minister after he stopped a ‘big atrocity’ when Kurdish terrorists tried to blow up a courthouse in Izmir with a car bomb today.
Fethi Sekin refused to let the car inside the cordon outside the Justice Palace building and then chased after the terrorists when they abandoned the vehicle, which blew up seconds later. He was killed in a shootout with the terrorists.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said: ‘Our heroic police officer martyred in this attack, Fethi Sekin, prevented a much bigger disaster happening, sacrificing his own life without a thought for it.’
The provincial governor, Erol Ayyildiz, blamed the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, for the car bombing and a large crowd assembled at the scene, chanting: ‘God damn the PKK’.
The PKK is fighting for an independent homeland for the Kurdish people in the south east of Turkey.
The dramatic moment terrorists shot at Mr Sekin, 43, and another Turkish policemen in the street was caught on video.
An officer can be seen sprinting away from a row of parked cars before collapsing to the ground after been shot during a gunfight in Izmir, on Turkey’s west coast.
Moments later, a second officer appears to fall to the pavement nearby after being targeted by an attacker. It is not clear which one is Mr Sekin.
Two men armed with machine guns, grenades and a rocket launcher were later killed while a third is on the run after a deadly car bomb outside a courthouse.
Mr Sekin and a courthouse worker died in the blast and five people were injured – some critically.