Turkey: Triple suicide attack at Istanbul airport leaves 36 dead, 147 injured


Several suicide blasts hit the entrance, exit and a parking lot of the airport’s international terminal at about 10 p.m. local time (19:00 GMT).



Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that three suicide bombers participated in the attack. Initial indications suggest that Daesh, outlawed in Russia, is responsible for the terrorist attack, though the investigation is still underway, Yildirim said at a press conference Wednesday.


According to media reports, the majority of victims of the terrorist attack are Turkish nationals, though there are several foreigners. According to the Russian Embassy in Turkey, a Russian national was wounded in the blast. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said that a Ukrainian national was killed in the attack and another one was injured.


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan strongly condemned the attack and called on the international community to enhance the fight against terrorism.


“The attack, which took place during the holy month of Ramadan, shows that terrorism strikes with no regard for faith and values. Nor do terrorists distinguish between their victims… We urge governments, parliaments, media and civil society organizations around the world, especially in Western countries, to take a firm stand against terrorism,” Erdogan said in a statement.