Tuesday, June 28, 2016

BREAKING NEWS: Terror In Turkey, Nearly 40 Killed 200 Wounded At Ataturk Airport (IMAGES)

Istanbul’s governor has confirmed that three suicide bombers have detonated explosives at Istanbul Ataturk Airport late Tuesday evening, killing at least 40 people and wounding 200.

An official said "the vast majority" of the dead are Turkish, including two police officers, but some foreign nationals are believed to have been killed.

Ataturk, Turkey’s largest airport, is the main international airport serving Istanbul.

Police reported shooting at the attackers outside the security gate of the airport’s international terminal.

A senior Turkish official told The WorldPost...

Police fired shots at suspects at the international terminal’s entry, before security check, in an effort to neutralize them. The attackers did not make it through before detonating their explosives." 

In the past months Turkey has been awash in terrorist attacks targeting both tourists and security forces. Self-described Islamic State militants have claimed credit for some of the bombings, while Kurdish militant groups, which the Turkish government is fighting in the country’s south, were responsible for others. 

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a statement.

Terrorism strikes with no regard for faith and values. Nor do terrorists distinguish between their victims. We urge the world, especially Western countries, to take a firm stand against terrorism. Make no mistake: For terrorist organizations, there is no difference between Istanbul and London, Ankara and Berlin, Izmir and Chicago or Antalya and Rome. Unless all government and the entire mankind join forces in the fight against terrorism, much worse things than what we fear to imagine today will come true."

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has remarked on the attack saying in a statement...

"Terrorists have struck again in the heart of one of our NATO allies—and all Americans stand united with the people of Turkey against this campaign of hatred and violence". Clinton went on to say, "Today’s attack in Istanbul only strengthens our resolve to defeat the forces of terrorism and radical jihadism around the world. And it reminds us that the United States cannot retreat. We must deepen our cooperation with our allies and partners in the Middle East and Europe to take on this threat. Such cooperation is essential to protecting the homeland and keeping our country safe. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and the Turkish people."

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump tweeted...

Here are images from the attack..

Ataturk Airport is the largest in Turkey and the third busiest in Europe behind London's Heathrow Airport and Paris' Charles de Gaulle. More than 60 million passengers went through the hub in 2015.

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