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Blast Rocks Western Turkish City of Izmir 5th Jan 2017

A large explosion occurred on Thursday near a courthouse in the Turkish city of Izmir, injuring at least 10 people, local media reported.

The explosion near the courthouse in Izmir was caused by a car bomb, the secretary general of the city municipality Bugra Gokce confirmed to the CNN Turk.

​The Reina nightclub on Istanbul’s European side was attacked during New Year’s Eve celebrations by a man who, according to witnesses, was talking in Arabic. The attacker is said to have opened fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle.

At least 39 people were killed, including more than 20 foreigners, and almost 70 were injured as a result of the attack. A manhunt is underway. The Islamic State terrorist group, outlawed in many countries, including Russia, has taken responsibility for the attack.

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