South African in Turkey airport attack 'safe', on her way home

2016-06-29 14:05
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Cape Town - A South African woman who hid under a counter during a terror attack at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, is “safe” and on her way home, her employers have said.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) on Wednesday confirmed that Director of Institutional Planning, Judy Favish, was at the airport in Istanbul when the attack took place on Tuesday night.

“We have made contact with her and established that Ms Favish is safe,” UCT spokesperson Elijah Moholola said.

“We are relieved that she is unharmed and wish her a safe journey back home.

“Our thoughts also go out to the families, friends and colleagues of those who were either injured or killed during the attacks.”

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The suicide attack at Istanbul's busy Ataturk Airport on Tuesday killed at least 41 and wounded more than 140. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said all initial indications suggest the Islamic State group was behind it.

Favish, who spent two days in Istanbul as a layover on her way home from Dublin, had just checked in when she heard an explosion followed by gunfire and a loud bang.

She said she hid under the counter for some time.

Favish said passengers were ushered to a cafeteria at the basement level where they were kept for more than an hour before being allowed outside.

Two South African tourists, Paul and Susie Roos from Cape Town, were at the airport and also gave a harrowing account of what happened.

The Department of International Relations and Co-operation said no South Africans were killed or injured in the attack, Traveller24 reported. It was closely monitoring the situation in Turkey and will release updates when possible.

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