Istanbul Ataturk Airport Attack : 36 dead and 150 injured in Suicide Bombing in Turkey

A bomb and gun attack at Istanbul airport killed 36 and more than 147 peoples are injured. Three attackers released fire near an entry point to the station late on Tuesday and drove themselves awake after police fired at them.

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Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said initial marks suggested the Islamic State was behind the attack. This Suicide bombing is connected to either IS or Kurdish separatists.

Tuesday’s 28 June 2016 attack looked like a major coordinated attack, said the BBC’s Mark Lowen.

Ataturk airport in Istanbul was seen as a susceptible target for a long time as per the news reports.

rifle found at the scene of the attack
rifle found at the scene of the attack

There are X-ray scanners at the arrival to the terminal but security checks for cars are limited. Pictures from the airport terminal displayed bodies covered in sheets, with glass and uncontrolled luggage spoiling the building.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the attack should serve as a turning point in the global fight against aggressive groups.

“The bombs that exploded in Istanbul today could have gone off at any airport in any city around the world,” Tutkish president said.

The US called the attack “terrible”, saying America remained “committed in our support for Turkey”.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said: “We grieve for the victims. We stand by Turkey”.

Speaking some hours after Tuesday’s 29 June 2016 attack, Mr Yildirim said at least 36 people were killed and many injured, some seriously, with foreigners likely to be among the dead.

Mr Yildirim said the attackers had arrived at the airport in a taxi.


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Footage on social media shows one of the attackers running in the leave-taking hall as people around him escape. He is bang by police and remains on the ground for about 20 seconds before blowing himself up.

Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag put the number of injured at 147.

Taxis were used to rush fatalities to hospital after the attack. Desperate relatives of those missing later gathered outside a local hospital where many victims were taken. Some expressed anger about the lack of information.

Flights in and out of the airport were postponed after the attack. The US Federal Flying Administration initially stuck all services between the US and Istanbul but the stoppage was later lifted.

Eyewitness Paul Roos told the Associated Press news agency that he was due to fly home to South Africa when the attackers struck.

“We came up from the arrivals to the departures, up the escalator when we heard these shots going off,” paul Roos said.

“There was this guy going roaming around, he was dressed in black and he had a handgun.”

Charles Michel, the Prime Minister of Belgium whose capital city was targeted by bombers in March, tweeted from the EU summit in Brussels: “Our thoughts are with the victims of the attacks at Istanbul’s airport. We condemn these atrocious acts of violence.”

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