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Kurdish Militants Claim Responsibility for Deadly Blast in Turkey


A Kurdish militant group has claimed responsibility for an explosion Monday that killed three people at a resort city in southern Turkey.

The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons posted the claim of responsibility on its Web site for the blast in the popular Mediterranean resort of Antalya.

At least 20 people were wounded in the attack. Authorities say they are searching for two people in connection with the blast.

The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons previously claimed responsibility for bombings Sunday that wounded 27 people at another seaside resort, Marmaris, and in Istanbul.

The group is linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, which launched a campaign for a Kurdish homeland in 1984.

In other news, the United States announced Monday the appointment of a special envoy, retired U.S. Air Force General Joseph Ralston, to work with Turkey and Iraq to counter the PKK and other terrorist groups in northern Iraq and along the Turkey-Iraq border.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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