Death toll of Ataturk Airport suicide attacks rises to 41

Forensic police work the explosion site at Ataturk airport on June 28, 2016 in Istanbul after two explosions followed by gunfire hit Turkey's biggest airport, killing at least 28 people and injured 20.  All flights at Istanbul's Ataturk international airport were suspended on June 28, 2016 after a suicide attack left at least 10 people dead and 20 others wounded, Turkish television stations reported.  / AFP / OZAN KOSE        (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)
Forensic police work the explosion site at Ataturk airport on June 28, 2016 in Istanbul after two explosions followed by gunfire hit Turkey’s biggest airport, killing at least 41 people and injured 147.
/OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images

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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