Attack at Istanbul Airport Kills More than 20

By Paul Riegler on 28 June 2016
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A Turkish Airlines plane

An attack on Istanbul Ataturk Airport in Turkey has killed at least 28 people, wounding at least 60 others. Three bombs were detonated, officials said, one just outside one of the terminals, and another was at a security gate to the airport.

No bombs were detonated within any of the airport terminals.

Turkey’s justice minister, Bekir, Bozdag, told reporters at the scene that one attacker “first opened fire with a Kalashnikov then detonated himself.”

At press time, no group has claimed responsibility for the attacks but there was speculation that they were politically motivated and might have been a response by the Islamic State militant group to the recently announced deal between Israel and Turkey to restore diplomatic relations.

The airport remains closed, with no official word on when flights might resume, although the airport’s website only indicates that all flights for the remainder of the day and tomorrow morning are “delayed.”

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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