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54 arrested over courthouse attack in İstanbul

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A Turkish court has arrested 54 of the more than 100 people detained in connection to an armed attack in front of İstanbul’s main courthouse on Tuesday in which three people, including the two gunmen, were killed, Justice Minister Yılmaz Tunç announced on Saturday.

Tunç also said 48 of the detainees were released under judicial supervision.

The attack took place in front of the İstanbul Courthouse in Çağlayan. Police officers fatally shot two assailants, who opened fire on a police checkpoint, while a bystander, identified as Dilfıraz Karataş, was also critically injured in the attack and succumbed to her injuries at a hospital. Karataş, a mother of two, was laid to rest following prayers in İstanbul on Wednesday.

Five other people, including three police officers, were also injured in the attack, according to a statement from Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya on Tuesday.

Yerlikaya also said the assailants, one man and one woman, were militants of the far-left Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C).

The investigation into the incident is being conducted by the İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office.

In one of its highest-profile attacks, the DHKP-C in 2013 staged a suicide bombing at the US Embassy in Ankara, killing a Turkish security guard.

The group, which is recognized as a terrorist organization by Washington, has been fighting US influence in the Middle East and around the world.

In 2014 Washington issued a $3 million reward for the capture of the group’s leaders.

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