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Reports: explosion hits near courthouse in Turkish city

  • Cars burn after a car bomb explosion in Izmir, Turkey, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. An explosion believed to have been caused by a car bomb in front of a courthouse in the western Turkish city of Izmir on Thursday wounded several people, a local official said. Two of the suspected attackers were killed in an ensuing shootout with police. (DHA-Depo Photos via AP)

    Cars burn after a car bomb explosion in Izmir, Turkey, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. An explosion believed to have been caused by a car bomb in front of a courthouse in the western Turkish city of Izmir on Thursday wounded several people, a local official said. Two of the suspected attackers were killed in an ensuing shootout with police. (DHA-Depo Photos via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Cars burn after a car bomb explosion in Izmir, Turkey, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. An explosion believed to have been caused by a car bomb in front of a courthouse in the western Turkish city of Izmir on Thursday wounded several people, a local official said. Two of the suspected attackers were killed in an ensuing shootout with police. (DHA-Depo Photos via AP)

    Cars burn after a car bomb explosion in Izmir, Turkey, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. An explosion believed to have been caused by a car bomb in front of a courthouse in the western Turkish city of Izmir on Thursday wounded several people, a local official said. Two of the suspected attackers were killed in an ensuing shootout with police. (DHA-Depo Photos via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • A woman reacts at the explosion site in the Aegean city of Izmir, Turkey, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. An explosion believed to have been caused by a car bomb in front of a courthouse in the western Turkish city of Izmir on Thursday wounded several people, a local official said. Two of the suspected attackers were killed in an ensuing shootout with police. (IHA via AP)

    A woman reacts at the explosion site in the Aegean city of Izmir, Turkey, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. An explosion believed to have been caused by a car bomb in front of a courthouse in the western Turkish city of Izmir on Thursday wounded several people, a local official said. Two of the suspected attackers were killed in an ensuing shootout with police. (IHA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Turkish media reports say an explosion has occurred near a courthouse in the western city of Izmir.

The Dogan news agency says several ambulances have been seen on Thursday.

NTV television says the explosion occurred inside a car, suggesting that it may have been caused by a car bomb.