Suicide Bombings at Istanbul Ataturk Airport
36 people were killed and 150 were injured yesterday, at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, the 3rd busiest airport in Europe. It is considered a high-security location.
The main suspect for the attack is ISIL.
The kamikaze terrorists detonated explosive vests in the arrivals hall of the airport.
The bombers had been trying to pass through security x-ray machines when Turkish security authorities caught them. At that moment, they began shooting with AK-47 rifles and the officers fired back.
A police officer tried to knock down one of the terrorists before he blew himself up in a bombing coordinated with two other criminals.
At this moment there is nobody held responsible, but Turkey’s prime minister, Binali Yildirim, believe it is an attack perpetrated by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants.
He declared to reporters that the first evidence is that the bombers blew themselves up after opening fire. He stated that the criminals had come to the airport by taxi, and the preliminary findings suggest that the claim is of ISIL.
ISIL had focused attention on Turkey for the last two years.
Millions of people travel to Turkey each year. The number of tourists has decreased in recent months due to ISIL attacks in the country.
The Prime Minister of UK, David Cameron described the terrorist attack from Istanbul as “hideous”. He declared that even after the Brexit, the state would continue to work with the other countries on keeping the people safe.
Terrified parents and children were squatting on the floor screaming. Many tourists, who were at the airport, threw themselves onto the floor at the sound of the explosion.
Everyone started running away when they witnessed the chaos. After the bombing attack, the entire place was covered with body parts and blood.
Witnesses coming from the airport’s car park heard gunfire. People who managed to survive saw bullet holes on the doors and terrifying images.
U.S. sends its condolences to the families of those murdered and wishes a fast recovery to those injured.
Josh Earnest, the White House spokesman, says the United States will support Turkey along with other allies around the world as they are confronting with terrorism.
Turkey was attacked by many bombings this year. Two suicide bombings sent by ISIL targeted tourist areas of Istanbul and two car bombings in the capital, Ankara. A Kurdish militant group claimed the events.
Other Terror attacks in Turkey linked to the Islamic State of Iraq, the Levant (ISIL) and Kurdish armed groups, PKK and TAK have killed hundreds of people in the last year.
Diyarbakir rally bombings killed four people and injured other 400 on June 5, 2015.
In the Suruc gathering attack, 33 people were murdered, and another 104 were wounded on July 20, 2015.
After the Ankara peace rally, twin bombings there were 103 dead and other 400 injured on October 10, 2015.
12 people are dead, and 14 others were wounded in the Istanbul suicide bombing on January 12, 2016.
A military convoy attack in Ankara occurred on February 17, 2016. 29 people died, and other 60 were injured.
Another tragedy happened at a bus stop in Ankara when a bomb killed 37 people and wounded another 125 on March 13, 2016.
A blast on a crowded known street from Istanbul left behind five dead people and 36 wounded on March 19, 2016.
The female kamikaze bomber attacked the city of Bursa and injured 13 people on April 27, 2016.
A car bomb in Istanbul injured dozens of people and killed 11 more on June 7, 2015.
A new update of the yesterday suicide bombing at Istanbul airport shows that the death toll could rise to approximately 50.
This kind of tragedy can happen everywhere in the world. Urgent tighter security is needed to be implemented especially in crowded places.
We must protect ourselves and be protected by the authorities.
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