Damn monsters: ISIS killed 41 in Istanbul Airport Attack and more than 230 hurt!

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Relatives of one of the victims of yesterday's blast at Istanbul Ataturk Airport mourn in front of a morgue in Istanbul, Turkey, June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

A gun and bomb attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk airport has killed 41 people, at least 13 of them foreigners, and injured more than 230, officials say.

 

 

Three attackers arrived in a taxi and began firing at the terminal entrance late on Tuesday. They blew themselves up after police fired back.

PM Binali Yildirim said early signs pointed to so-called Islamic State but no-one has so far admitted the attack.

Recent bombings have been linked to either IS or Kurdish separatists.

 

Istanbul’s governor confirmed 41 people had died and 239 were injured in the attack. At least 13 of those killed were of foreign or dual nationality. Some 109 of those hurt have now been discharged from hospital.Reports of the attack vary but it appears the attackers opened fire at the entrance where the X-ray machines are positioned, sparking an exchange with police. At least two ran into the building.

Footage on social media shows one moving through the building as people around him flee. He is shot by police and remains on the ground for about 20 seconds before blowing himself up. All three attackers were killed

Charles Michel, the prime minister of Belgium whose capital city was targeted in march , tweeted from the EU summit in Brussels: “Our thoughts are with the victims of the attacks at Istanbul’s airport. We condemn these atrocious acts of violence.”

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People walk away from Istanbul Ataturk airport
People walk away from Istanbul Ataturk airport
A Kalashnikov assault rifle is seen on the floor at Ataturk airport
A Kalashnikov assault rifle is seen on the floor at Ataturk airport
Medics take an injured man to hospital in Istanbul
Medics take an injured man to hospital in Istanbul

 

People take cover during the attack on Ataturk Airport in Istanbul
People take cover during the attack on Ataturk Airport in Istanbul

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