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Albanian Prime Minister’s plane landed at Istanbul at the time of attack
According to the private Dogan news agency, a plane carrying Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama was landing at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport when the attack occurred. He was arriving on an official visit. The prime minister and his entourage were safely taken to an official residence. The group was to travel later on Wednesday to Turkey’s capital, Ankara.

A scene of panic
Security camera footage widely circulated on social media appeared to capture two of the blasts, according to AFP. In one clip a huge ball of flame erupts at an entrance to the terminal building, scattering terrified passengers. Another video shows a black-clad attacker running inside the building before collapsing to the ground — apparently felled by a police bullet — and blowing himself up.
Witnesses described scenes of panic as the blasts hit, while images on social media showed passengers lying on the floor and luggage trolleys overturned.
Turkey has power to fight terrorism: Erdogan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, which took place during Ramzan, according to AP. He said the attack “shows that terrorism strikes with no regard to faith and values.”
He called on the international community to take a firm stand against terrorism and vowed to keep up Turkey’s struggle against terror groups. “Turkey has the power, determination and capacity to continue the fight against terrorism until the end,” he said. Flights resume from US to Istanbul airport
A stoppage of flights to and from the United States and Istanbul Ataturk Airport lasted several hours but has been lifted, said a US official who spoke on background to discuss sensitive security issues, according to AP. The official said the stoppage was lifted in the middle of the evening. The official said 10 passenger flights were in the air, flying from Turkey to the US, at the time of the stoppage and they have all landed.Istanbul attack strengthens our resolve to defeat terrorism: Clinton
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has said the terror attack in Turkey is a reminder that the US can’t retreat from this part of the world and needs to deepen co-operation with allies in the Middle East and Europe to take on this threat.
“Today’s attack in Istanbul only strengthens our resolve to defeat the forces of terrorism and radical jihadism around the world. And it reminds us that the United States cannot retreat,” Clinton said in a statement, according to PTI. “We must deepen our cooperation with our allies and partners in the Middle East and Europe to take on this threat,” she said.
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Passengers rush out of the airport
Hevin Zini, 12, had just arrived from Duesseldorf, Germany, with her family told AP, “There was blood on the ground,” she told AP. “Everything was blown up to bits… if we had arrived two minutes earlier, it could have been us.”
Roads around the airport have been sealed off for regular traffic after the attack and several ambulances are driving back and forth. Hundreds of passengers have come out of the airport. Attackers detonated explosives at airport entrance
A Turkish official said two of the attackers detonated explosives at the entrance of the international arrivals terminal after police fired at them, while the third blew himself up in the parking lot. The official also said that none of the attackers had managed to get past security checks at the terminal’s entrance.
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Attackers detonated explosives at airport entrance
A Turkish official said two of the attackers detonated explosives at the entrance of the international arrivals terminal after police fired at them, while the third blew himself up in the parking lot. The official also said that none of the attackers had managed to get past security checks at the terminal’s entrance.
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No lapse in security: Turkish PM
Three suicide bombers opened fire at passengers with automatic rifles before blowing themselves up, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said. The attackers had arrived at the airport by taxi. The Turkish Prime Minister ruled out any security lapses at the Ataturk International airport.
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Security tightened at Mumbai airport
After the deadly attack at the Istanbul international airport, security has been tightened at the Mumbai airport. Turkish officials said that the victims included some
Trump calls for waterboarding
Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump reiterated his call for the return of waterboarding and the use of other harsh interrogation techniques in the battle against Islamic State militants. While Hillary Clinton said the bombings at Istanbul Ataturk Airport are “a reminder that the United States cannot retreat.07:36 (IST)
Suicide bombers attack Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport
Three suspected Islamic State group suicide bombers targeted the international terminal of Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport on Tuesday, killing at least 36 people and wounding many others, Turkish officials said. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said 36 were dead as well as the three suicide bombers. Istanbul: Three suspected Islamic State group suicide bombers targeted the international terminal of Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport Tuesday, killing at least 36 people and wounding many others, Turkish officials said. According to India Today, the death toll has increased to 38.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said 36 were dead as well as the three suicide bombers. Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said 147 were wounded. Another senior government official told AP the death toll could climb much higher.
The senior official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government protocol, at first said close to 50 people had already died, but later said that the figure was expected to rise to close to 50.
Yildirim said three suicide bombers were responsible for the attack and all initial indications suggest the Islamic State group was behind it.Medics and security members work at the entrance of the Ataturk Airport after explosions in Istanbul on Tuesday. APMedics and security members work at the entrance of the Ataturk Airport after explosions in Istanbul on Tuesday. AP
“The findings of our security forces point at the Daesh organization as the perpetrators of this terror attack,” Yildirim told reporters at the airport, using the Arabic name for Islamic State. “Even though the indications suggest Daesh, our investigations are continuing.”
Yildirim 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 victims included some foreigners, he said, adding that many of the wounded have minor injuries but others are more badly hurt.
Another Turkish official said two of the attackers detonated explosives at the entrance of the international arrivals terminal after police fired at them, while the third blew himself up in the parking lot.
The official, who also spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government regulations and cited interior ministry information, said none of the attackers managed to get past security checks at the terminal’s entrance.
Turkish airports have security checks at both the entrance of terminal buildings and then later before entry to departure gates.
Roads around the airport were sealed off for regular traffic after the attack and several ambulances could be seen driving back and forth. Hundreds of passengers were flooding out of the airport and others were sitting on the grass.
Hevin Zini, 12, had just arrived from Duesseldorf, Germany, with her family and was in tears from the shock.
“There was blood on the ground,” she told AP. “Everything was blown up to bits… if we had arrived two minutes earlier, it could have been us.”
South African Judy Favish, who spent two days in Istanbul as a layover on her way home from Dublin, had just checked in when she heard an explosion followed by gunfire and a loud bang.
She says she hid under the counter for some time.
Favish says passengers were ushered to a cafeteria at the basement level where they were kept for more than an hour before being allowed outside.
Two South African tourists, Paul and Susie Roos from Cape Town, were at the airport and due to fly home at the time of the explosions.
“We came up from the arrivals to the departures, up the escalator when we heard these shots going off,” Paul Roos said. “There was this guy going roaming around, he was dressed in black and he had a hand gun.”
Yildirim said air traffic at the airport, which was suspended after the attack, had resumed to normal.
The prime minister called for national unity and “global cooperation” in combating terrorism.
“This (attack) has shown once again that terrorism is a global threat,” Yildirim said. “This is a heinous planned attack that targeted innocent people.”
He suggested that the attack was linked to what he said was Turkey’s success against Kurdish rebels as well as steps Ankara took on Monday toward mending strained ties with Israel and Russia.
“It is meaningful that this heinous attack came at a time when we have become successful in the fight against separatist terrorism … and at a time when we started a process of normalizing ties with our neighbors,” Yildirim said.
Yildirim insisted there was no security lapse at the airport but said the fact that the attackers were carrying weapons “increased the severity” of the attack.
The private DHA news agency said the wounded, among them police officers, were transferred to Bakirkoy State Hospital.
Turkey has suffered several bombings in recent months linked to Kurdish or Islamic State group militants.
The bombings include two in Istanbul targeting tourists that authorities have blamed on the Islamic State group.
The attacks have increased in scale and frequency, scaring off tourists and hurting the economy, which relies heavily on tourism revenues.
Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport was the 11th busiest airport in the world last year, with 61.8 million passengers, according to Airports Council International. It is also one of the fastest-growing airports in the world, seeing 9.2 percent more passengers last year than in 2014.
The largest carrier at the airport is Turkish Airlines, which operates a major hub there. Low-cost Turkish carrier Onur Air is the second-largest airline there.