A BOMB has exploded in Izmir, Turkey, a holiday hotspot favourite with Britons, leaving at least 10 wounded and four dead.
The blast ripped through the coastal town of Izmir, Turkey, close to a courthouse.
Hospital staff claim at least 10 people have been injured and four people dead.
Turkish police sources claim a police officer and a courthouse employee were killed.
Two suspected car bombers were shot dead at the scene. They were armed with Kalashnikov rifles and grenades.
Turkey’s deputy prime minister, Veysi Kaynak, said that based on the weapons found, it is believed that a much larger attack was being planned.
The governor of Izmir, Erol Ayyildiz, said officials believe the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) were behind the attack.
He said: “Initial evidence suggests the PKK was behind the attack.”
Izmir municipality secretary general Bugra Gokce confirmed the explosion was caused by a car bomb.
Turkish officials have also claimed a much bigger attack was being planned.
Mr Ayyildiz, said a second vehicle thought to belong to the killers has been detonated in a controlled explosion.
Turkish police shot dead two suspected attackers after the blast on Wednesday, security sources say.
They are said to be searching for a third.
Eyewitnesses claim to be hearing gunshots and ‘clashes’ around the city as police hunt the attacker on the run.
Hospital staff say at least 10 people are injured
Photos from the scene show multiple vehicles parked nearby ablaze
Local media reported three blast victims were being stretchered into ambulances.
The explosion comes less than a week after 39 people died, including a policeman and security guard, when a gunman opened fire at Istanbul’s Reina nightclub on New Year’s Eve.
A bomb has ripped through the coastal town of Izmir, Turkey
The man behind the attack is said to have been identified but is still on the run.
The country has been rocked by numerous attacks over the past 18 months, with ISIS and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) taking responsibility for the majority.