Istanbul airport attack: One suicide bomber caused diversion

2016-06-29 21:18
A man holds a photograph of Gulsen Bahadir at a funeral prayer for the flight attendant who died in the airport attack in Istanbul. (Emrah Gurel, AP)

A man holds a photograph of Gulsen Bahadir at a funeral prayer for the flight attendant who died in the airport attack in Istanbul. (Emrah Gurel, AP)

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WATCH: Airport-goers injured from blast in Istanbul, attempt to flee

2016-06-29 08:58

At least 36 people have been killed so far in Tuesday's triple suicide blasts at Istanbul's Ataturk airport. CCTV footage shows a panicked crowd fleeing before one of the blasts. Some individuals are visibly injured as they try to run for cover. Watch. WATCH

Istanbul - Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says one of the attackers at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport blew himself up outside, giving the other two the opportunity to get inside the building.

At least 42 people died and hundreds were wounded on Tuesday when three suicide bombers, thought to be members of ISIS, blew themselves up.

"When the terrorists couldn't pass the regular security system, when they couldn't pass the scanners, police and security controls, they returned and took out their weapons out of their suitcases and opened fire at random at the security check," he said on Wednesday.

"One blew himself up outside and the other two took advantage of the panic created during the shoot-out and got inside and blew themselves up."

Meanwhile, Turkish authorities are increasingly convinced ISIS was behind the deadly attack.

Yildirim said in a televised speech: "Our thought that it is Daesh (ISIS) continues to gain weight."

Moments before, Interior Minister Efkan Ala, said early indications point to ISIS, but there was no conclusive information.

He also said authorities believe that the attackers were foreign nationals, but that the investigation was ongoing.

"Every connection is being evaluated carefully," Ala said.


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