DIYARBAKIR, Turkey: A Kurdish militant group Sunday claimed responsibility for twin attacks that ripped through the heart of Istanbul, killing 38 people, most of them police, a news agency reported.

The claim was made by the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK), seen as an splinter group of the better-known Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the pro-PKK Firat news agency said, carrying a statement from the group.

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