Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Istanbul airport bombing: What we know so far

FYI Ataturk Airport is named for Kemel Mustapha, AKA Kemel “Ataturk” (Father Turk), the Turkish general who founded the Turkish Republic following the collapse of the Ottoman Turkish Empire after Word War I. It was Ataturk’s desire to modernize Turkey and turn it into a modern technological society.


Here's what we know and don't know about the deadly bombing at Istanbul's largest airport on Tuesday.
More than 40 people were killed and at least 239 were injured in attacks at Ataturk International Airport, Istanbul’s largest airport.
Here is what we know:
  • Three bombers targeted the international terminal of the airport.
  • The attackers detonated their suicide vests after police opened fire on them.
  • The death toll includes 23 Turks and 18 foreigners. At least five were from Saudi Arabia.
  • The attackers arrived in a taxi before the attack and there was no lapse in airport security, according to Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.
  • CCTV video from the airport appears to show one of the attackers detonating his vest after being shot.

Video appears to show explosion in Istanbul airport

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According to Turkish officials, three attackers with suicide vests detonated their explosives at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport, killing at least 41 people and wounding more than 200 others. Editor's note: This video contains graphic content. (TWP)
  • The U.S. Embassy in Turkey has issued a travel warning for the country.
  • Turkey has recently suffered a spate of suicide attacks in Istanbul and Ankara.
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What we don't know:
  • No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, although the Turkish government believes the Islamic State was behind it.
  • Nationalities of all of the victims.
  • The identities of the attackers.

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