Turkey has arrested a number of people of Uighur ethnicity over a deadly nightclub attack that killed 39, the state-run news agency reports. Those detained are believed to have come from China’s Xinjiang region with ties to the attacker, Anadolu says. Deputy PM Veysi Kaynak also said they were closing in on the gunman, who he said was possibly an ethnic Uighur.
Also on Thursday, there was an explosion near the courthouse in the city of Izmir in western Turkey. Social media images showed two cars ablaze and several people were reported wounded. Other images showed what appeared to be the body of a man carrying a gun, amid media reports he was an attacker who was shot dead by police. Anadolu reported a second man was shot dead and police were seeking a third.
‘Aiding and abetting’
So-called Islamic State (IS) says it carried out the Istanbul attack over Turkey’s military involvement in the Syrian civil war.