At least 36 dead and dozens injured in Istanbul Ataturk airport attack



    At least 36 dead and dozens injured in Istanbul Ataturk airport attack An armed police officer at Istanbul's Ataturk airport

    June 29, Istanbul: At least 36 people have been killed and more than 140 people injured in a gun and bomb attack on Istanbul's Ataturk international airport on Tuesday.

    Three attackers opened fire near an entry point to the terminal and blew themselves up after police fired at them, officials said.

    Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said early signs suggested the so-called Islamic State was behind the attack.

    Recent bombings have been linked to either IS or Kurdish separatists. Tuesday's attack looked like a major co-ordinated assault, reports said.

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the attack should serve as a turning point in the global fight against militant groups. He said that the bombs that exploded in Istanbul on Tuesday could have gone off at any airport in any city around the world.

    The US called the attack "heinous", and said saying America remained "steadfast in our support for Turkey".

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

    The Oslo Times International News Network

     
     

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