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Turkey’s Prime Minister Links Islamic State to Airport Attack

The scene after suicide bomb attacks rocked the Istanbul Ataturk airport on June 28. Three suicide bombers opened fire before blowing themselves up at the entrance to the main international airport in Istanbul, killing at least 28 people and wounding at least 60 people according to Istanbul governor Vasip Sahin.
  • Suicide bombers blew themselves up after police spotted them
  • Yildirim says 36 people killed; air traffic back to normal

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said early investigations indicated Islamic State was behind a suicide attack at Istanbul’s main international airport that killed at least 36 people.

"According to analyses by our security forces, first indications point at Daesh as perpetrators,” Yildirim told reporters at Ataturk Airport, using the Arabic abbreviation for Islamic State. "What is noteworthy is that this attack came at a time when our country is putting up a merciless fight against separatist terrorism and recording significant success."

Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin said three suicide bombers took part in the attack late Tuesday near security checkpoints at the entrance to the airport’s arrivals hall. Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said at least 36 deaths were confirmed, with 147 people injured.