Bombings in International Turkish Airport

July 1, 2016

 

UPDATE:

No Americans were injured in the attack, though the death toll is now at 44 casualties. ISIS has taken credit for the terror act. 

 

ORIGINAL POST:

June 29, 2016

Just weeks after the worst mass shooting in U.S. history took place, the country of Turkey has now been affected by an act of terrorism.

 

CNN reports that three terrorists armed with bombs and guns attacked Ataturk Airport in Istanbul. As of now, it is reported that 36 people have been killed and another 147 injured. There were three attackers total, two of them opening fire near the international terminal and the other opening fire in a nearby parking lot. Witnesses say that they saw men dressed in black carrying guns around the airport and that once police started firing at the attackers, all three denoted suicide belts.

 

There is not much information known about the attackers currently but Turkish Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim says that early signs seem to point toward the Islamic State as the responsible party, though it is not known for sure. Mark Lowen from the BBC says that the attack looks like a major coordinated attack.

 

All flights in and out of Ataturk are suspended and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration grounded all flights between the U.S. and Istanbul. According to a senior State Department official, there are no indications that any of the casualties were Americans. Click here to read stories of the survivors and see footage from the attack.            

 

More information to come as it becomes available.

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