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Turkey: Officer and two attackers killed in assault on police residence in Mersin

Interior minister said the Kurdistan Workers' Party was responsible for the attack in the district of Mezitli
Security forces said they had detonated a bomb set-up near the residence, which houses police officers, the interior ministry said (Twitter)

One police officer was killed and another was injured after attackers opened fire on a police residence in the southern Turkish province of Mersin on Monday.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) was responsible for the attack, which occurred around 10.40pm (19:40 GMT) in the Mezitli district of the province.

Two attackers first shot at the police officer on duty and later detonated bombs that were attached to them, Soylu said.

Other reports said the two women who carried out the attack had been killed by security forces.

A third armed suspect was detained following the attack and a search for other suspects involved in the attack was underway, the interior ministry said.

Security forces said they had detonated a bomb set-up near the residence, which houses police officers, the ministry said.

The PKK launched an insurgency against the Turkish state in 1984 and more than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict. 

The PKK is regarded as a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

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