According the social media of various PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) affiliates, namely the SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) and HPG (People’s Defence Forces), the attack which killed one police officer on 26 September in the Turkish city of Mersin was carried out by extremist Kurdish terrorists.
An official SDF media outlet confirmed the deaths of “Sara” and “Ruken the Soft” in the attack on the Turkish police, in what was called a “self-sacrificing operation” by a statement from HPG. The statement said:
“On the night of 26 September, two female comrades carried out a self-sacrificing operation against enemy forces in the Mezitli district of Mersin. Our self-sacrificing guerrilla team, under the command of comrade Sara, succeeded in achieving their goal… they fired at the enemy first with a pistol and then with automatic weapons… they lured the enemy to them and set off the prepared explosion.”
They acknowledged their ties to the PKK saying “Our friend Ruken had been in our ranks for a long time as a PKK militant,” while proud that the operation was planned in such a way “that civilians would not be harmed.”
The statement claimed the attack was in retaliation for oppression and attacks by the Turkish state against Kurdish people and groups. They also alleged Turkish forces had previously used chemical weapons against them.
Meanwhile the Turkish Interior Minister Suleiman Soylu said that the attack on the police station in Mersin was an “American act,” which was planned in the city of Manbij in northern Syria.
Soylur claimed, “They came from Manbij and landed near the beach in Tarsus at 10:00 in the morning, after which they stayed there until the evening, and after walking from there they entered by car as if they were ordinary citizens…” Pointing out that the perpetrators are members of the PKK, which is an internationally designated terrorist organization.