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Turkey detains 18 in connection with attack near courthouse

  • People take photos as police officers carry the coffin of police officer Fethi Sekin, who was killed in a car bomb attack Thursday, during his funeral in the Aegean city of Izmir, Turkey, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. Turkey's justice minister Bekir Bozdag says police have detained 18 people in connection with a foiled attack at courthouse in the western city of Izmir that nevertheless killed a policeman and a courthouse employee.(AP Photo/Emre Tazegul)

    People take photos as police officers carry the coffin of police officer Fethi Sekin, who was killed in a car bomb attack Thursday, during his funeral in the Aegean city of Izmir, Turkey, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. Turkey's justice minister Bekir Bozdag says police have detained 18 people in connection with a foiled attack at courthouse in the western city of Izmir that nevertheless killed a policeman and a courthouse employee.(AP Photo/Emre Tazegul)  (The Associated Press)

  • Family members escort police officers carry the coffin of police officer Fethi Sekin, who was killed in a car bomb attack Thursday, a  funeral cortege in the Aegean city of Izmir, Turkey, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. Turkey's justice minister Bekir Bozdag says police have detained 18 people in connection with a foiled attack at courthouse in the western city of Izmir that nevertheless killed a policeman and a courthouse employee.(AP Photo/Emre Tazegul)

    Family members escort police officers carry the coffin of police officer Fethi Sekin, who was killed in a car bomb attack Thursday, a funeral cortege in the Aegean city of Izmir, Turkey, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. Turkey's justice minister Bekir Bozdag says police have detained 18 people in connection with a foiled attack at courthouse in the western city of Izmir that nevertheless killed a policeman and a courthouse employee.(AP Photo/Emre Tazegul)  (The Associated Press)

  • A special security member secures the area as police officers carry the coffin of police officer Fethi Sekin, who was killed in a car bomb attack Thursday, during his funeral in the Aegean city of Izmir, Turkey, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. Turkey's justice minister Bekir Bozdag says police have detained 18 people in connection with a foiled attack at courthouse in the western city of Izmir that nevertheless killed a policeman and a courthouse employee.(AP Photo/Emre Tazegul)

    A special security member secures the area as police officers carry the coffin of police officer Fethi Sekin, who was killed in a car bomb attack Thursday, during his funeral in the Aegean city of Izmir, Turkey, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. Turkey's justice minister Bekir Bozdag says police have detained 18 people in connection with a foiled attack at courthouse in the western city of Izmir that nevertheless killed a policeman and a courthouse employee.(AP Photo/Emre Tazegul)  (The Associated Press)

Turkey's justice minister says police have detained 18 people in connection with a foiled attack at courthouse in the western city of Izmir that nevertheless killed a policeman and a courthouse employee.

The two assailants were also shot dead in Thursday's incident after they detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at a road block and engaged in a shootout with police. The attackers were armed with automatic rifles, rocket launchers and hand grenades.

Bekir Bozdag said Friday that authorities had "no doubt" that the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, "gave the orders" for the attack.

He was speaking at a memorial service for the slain police officer, who is believed to have thwarted a larger attack.

The attack was the latest in a string of assaults that have hit Turkey.