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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Turkish Seaside Resort Town Bombed by Kurdish Militants

ANTALYA, Turkey -- A hard-line Kurdish militant group claimed responsibility Tuesday for a blast that killed three people in Antalya, one of the country's most popular tourist resorts, while police searched for two people suspected of planting the explosives.

The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons, which has threatened to harm Turkey's tourism industry, said on its web site that it carried out the attack and vowed that the "fear of death will reign everywhere in Turkey." On Monday, the same group took responsibility for a Sunday bus bombing that injured 10 Britons and 11 Turks in Marmaris, another resort town.

Last year 21 million tourists brought in some $18 billion in revenue.

Russian tourists began canceling trips to Turkey, Irina Tyurina, spokeswoman for the Russian Tourism Industry Union, told Interfax on Tuesday. Throughout the rest of Europe, however, tour operators said there had been few cancellations of trips thus far.

Tyurina said Antalya was the most popular resort destination for Russian tourists.

Monday's afternoon blast ripped the facade off at least one multi-story building and several shops in the center of Antalya, not far from the beach, and triggered a huge fire that incinerated the bodies of two people who were apparently killed in the explosion. A third person died in a hospital. The injured included one Russian, four Israeli, and three German tourists.

(AP, MT)