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Terror in the terminal at Ataturk Airport

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Terror in the terminal at Ataturk Airport

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  • At least 41 people die
  • 239 have been injured
  • Turkey declares national day of mourning
  • “The indications are it is ISIL – Turkish PM”

    What happened?

Three suicide bombers opened fire and then blew themselves up inside Istanbul’s main international airport.

It happened just before ten pm local time on Tuesday.

One attacker opened fire in the departures hall.

Police fired shots to try and stop two other attackers before they reached a security checkpoint in Arrivals on the floor below.

All three then blew themselves up in the Arrivals hall

How many people are dead?

The governor of Istanbul says at least 41 people have died.

239 have been injured.

Turkey has declared Wednesday an official day of mourning.

Are all the victims Turkish?

Officials say the majority were Turkish nationals.

13 of the dead are said to be foreign nationals.

Media reports have given their nationalities as follows:

  • five from Saudi Arabia
  • two from Iraq
  • one from China
  • one from Jordan
  • one from Tunisia
  • one from Uzbekistan
  • one from Iran
  • one from Ukraine

Who carried out the attack?

At the time of writing, no groups have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Turkey is part of the US-led coalition against ISIL and has to tackle spillover from the conflict in neighbouring Syria.

There is also insurgency by Kurdish militants in Turkey’s largely Kurdish southeast.

Speaking to the Reuters news agency on condition of anonymity, two US counter-terrorism officials have said the attack bears all the hallmarks of ISIL.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says the indications are the attack was carried out by ISIL militants.

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