Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued the following statement this evening (5 January) on the attack in Izmir:
I am deeply saddened by the news from Izmir and shocked that Turkey has after just a few days again been the target of such an attack. The Turkish security forces obviously managed to avert something even worse. We mourn with the families of those who lost their lives and our thoughts are with the injured. In the fight against terrorism, Germany stands at Turkey's side no matter whether the motivation behind such attacks is Islamist, ethnic or ideological.