Death toll of Ataturk Airport suicide attacks rises to 41
At least 41 people died and dozens more were injured late Tuesday after three suspected Islamic State terrorists blew themselves up at Ataturk International Airport, according to Turkish officials.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said three suicide bombers were responsible for the attack and all initial indications suggest the Islamic State group was behind it.
He said the attackers arrived at the airport in a taxi and blew themselves up after opening fire. Asked whether a fourth attacker might have escaped, he said authorities have no such assessment but are considering every possibility. The first reports emerged about the attack at about 10 p.m. local time Tuesday.
Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said 147 were hurt, the Chicago Tribune and CNN reported.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a statement that the incident “shows that terrorism strikes with no regard to faith and values” and vowed that “Turkey has the power, determination and capacity to continue the fight against terrorism until the end.”
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