Turkish PM: All Signs Point to ISIS in Istanbul Attack That Left 41Dead
At least 41 people were dead and 239 others injured following a terrorist attack at an international airport in Istanbul, and all signs point to ISIS as being responsible, according to Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.
The attack drew swift condemnation from officials in Turkey as well as the White House.
According to Yildırım, three attackers carrying weapons arrived in a taxi to Ataturk airport, one of the world’s busiest aviation hubs. Further details about the attack were not immediately available.Foreign nationals and police officers were among the wounded, according to Yıldırım. Saudi Arabia’s Embassy in Turkey said at least seven Saudis were injured in the attack and all are in stable condition.
Yıldırım also insisted there was no security lapse at the airport.
The airport has since been reopened, and flights between the U.S. and Istanbul have resumed. Airports in the United States have beefed up security in the wake of the attack, around 10 p.m. local time, a busy time for the airport, with flights arriving from Europe and leaving for the Persian Gulf and other parts of the region.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan issued a statement condemning the attack that “has no objective.” The president also said the attack shows “terrorism strikes with no regard for faith and values,” since it occurred during the holy month of Ramadan.
“We expect the international community, especially the Western countries including their administrations, parliaments, media organs and civil societies, to take a firm stand against terrorism,” Erdoğan said.