Cars burn after an explosion outside a courthouse in the coastal city of Izmir, Turkey
Cars burn after an explosion outside a courthouse in the coastal city of Izmir, Turkey STR

Aust warns tourists about Turkey

AFTER another terrorist attack in Turkey, the Australian Government recommends tourists exercise a high degree of caution and reconsider the need to travel to the major cities of Ankara and Istanbul because of ongoing threats of terrorist attacks.

The warning came after two attackers, a police officer and a court employee were killed in a dramatic gunfight after the attackers detonated a car bomb at a police checkpoint in the coastal city of Izmir.

CCTV footage shows a huge fireball erupting from a small white car, forcing bystanders to run for their lives. Separate footage shows the street shootout.

"When you look at the preparations they had made, the weapons that were seized, the bombs and the ammunition, it is clear that a big massacre was planned,” Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak told AP.

On New Year's Eve, a lone gunman killed 39 revellers and injured 69 more inside an Istanbul nightclub.

Islamic State claimed responsbility for the attack.

According to Izmir governor Erol Ayyildiz, Kurdish militants were behind yesterday's attack.

Australians heading to turkey are urged to register with Smartraveller.gov.au and check the website regularly for the latest. - NEWS CORP



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