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Kurdish militants claim car bomb attack in Turkey's Izmir

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2017 file photo, cars burn after a car bomb explosion in Izmir, Turkey. Kurdish militant group TAK claimed responsibility for the Izmir attack, which killed a policeman and a courthouse employee, according to a Firat News Agency report on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. (DHA-Depo Photos, File via AP)

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2017 file photo, cars burn after a car bomb explosion in Izmir, Turkey. Kurdish militant group TAK claimed responsibility for the Izmir attack, which killed a policeman and a courthouse employee, according to a Firat News Agency report on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. (DHA-Depo Photos, File via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Kurdish militants have claimed responsibility for last week's car bombing attack that killed a policeman and a courthouse employee.

The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons, or TAK, says that two members of its "revenge team" died in the Jan. 5 Izmir attack, according to a news agency close to Kurdish militants.

Firat News Agency, quoting a statement by the group Wednesday, identified the attackers as "comrades" Mustafa Coban and Enes Yildirim.

TAK threatened "new acts of revenge" against the "fascist" Turkish state, which is fighting Kurdish rebels in the southeast.

The two assailants were shot dead after they detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at a roadblock and engaged in a shootout with police.

Turkish authorities consider TAK to be an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.