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PKK-Linked Group TAK Claims Istanbul Bombing That Killed 38

  • Death toll in twin blasts climbs to 38; 155 still hospitalized
  • Attacks followed ruling party plan to boost Erdogan’s powers
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A Kurdish militant group claimed responsibility for a pair of coordinated bombings in Istanbul that killed 38 people and wounded more than 150 on Saturday, vowing to continue acts of violence across Turkey.

The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons, also known as the TAK and an affiliate of the Kurdish separatist PKK, said in a statement that two of the group’s suicide bombers carried out the attacks in Istanbul’s central Besiktas district. It’s the sixth deadly bombing in major cities this year claimed by TAK, which said on Sunday it wouldn’t allow a “comfortable life” in Turkey while security forces still fight the Kurdish minority in the country’s southeast.