Central Asian and Russian nationals responsible for Ataturk attack: 43 dead, 230 injured

UPDATE: Turkish officials have claimed that the attackers in the June 28th bombing on the Ataturk International Airport were of Central Asian and Russian origin (Uzbek, Kyrgyz and Russian). Turkish authorities, president Erdogan included, believe that the attack was supported by ISIS. Raids followed the announcement on Islamic State cells in Izmir and Istanbul, during which three suspected ISIS members were taken into custody, reports the Guardian.

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Istanbul city authorities have reported 43 killed and more than 230 injured in the explosions which rocked Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul towards 10 PM on June 28th.

The participation of at least three individuals in the attack has been confirmed.

According to the same, one of the attackers tried to pass through the x – ray machines. However, on being noticed, he detonated explosives attached to his person.

The sounds of gunfire were heard immediately following the second explosion. At least one of the attackers was reportedly armed with a kalashnikov.

Entrances and exits to the airport were immediately sealed off following the attacks. All departing and arriving flights have been cancelled.

A witness who spoke to CNN Türk reported that he heard the explosions after stepping out of his car and heard the sound of gunshots shortly thereafter. The witness also added that the attack took place at a parking station next to the airport terminal entrance.

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Location of the attacks marked in red
Location of the attacks marked in red

Ana səhifəNewsCentral Asian and Russian nationals responsible for Ataturk attack: 43 dead, 230 injured