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Turkish policeman killed in alleged attack on Kurdish militant

A Turkish policeman was killed and two other people were injured in an alleged attack by Kurdish militants.

Two suspected female militants opened fire on police in southern Turkey on Monday night, Ankara said.

The perpetrators — apparently affiliated with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) — then committed suicide by detonating suicide bombs.

The attack happened in Mezitli district in the Mediterranean coastal province of Mersin, the Turkish Interior Ministry said.

The two suspects shot at police guarding a hotel for security guards, prompting a shootout, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu told reporters.

An officer was killed, while a second policeman and a civilian on a nearby balcony were injured in the clashes.

The PKK is considered a terrorist organization in Turkey, Europe and the United States.

He led an armed insurgency against Ankara in 1984 and tens of thousands died in the conflict. A fragile ceasefire and peace talks between the Turkish state and the PKK broke down in the summer of 2015.

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