Explosion near police building in Turkey kills one police officer

One police officer was killed on Monday when a bomb exploded near a residence that houses police in the southern Turkish province of Mersin, while a second officer was wounded, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said.

He said the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) was responsible for the attack, which occurred around 10:40 p.m. (local time), and that two women who carried out the attacks died during the explosions. Unverified images on social media claim to show security forces holding one of the alleged attackers face-down on the ground with his wrists bound behind his back. It has since been reported that Suleyman Soylu, the Turkish Minister of the Interior is on his way to the Mersin.

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

The attack took place in the Mezitli district of Mersin, of southern Turkey state-owned Anadolu Agency said.

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