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Death toll from airport terror attack in Istanbul, Turkey rises to 41

June 29, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Death toll from airport terror attack in Istanbul, Turkey rises to 41 Death toll has reached 41 with another 239 wounded in Tues terror attack

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Three Islamic State radicals detonated explosives at one of the world’s most busiest airports in Turkey on Tuesday in what officials are describing as a coordinated terror attack that killed 41 people.

Another 239 people were injured in the explosions that ripped through Ataturk Airport.

A fourth terrorist is suspected to have been involved in the massacre, Turkish officials announced on Tuesday, CNN reported.

Binali Yildirim, Turkish Prime Minister, blamed ISIS for the brutal attack. However, the Islamic State has not yet taken responsibility for the incident.

In a statement, Yildirim said: “Findings by our security forces indicate that this terrorist attack was carried out by Daesh.”

The three suicide bombers reportedly traveled to the airport via taxi before they proceeded to open fire near security and then blow themselves up.

First responders rushed the scene to transport the wounded to Bakirkoy Hospital.

Fox News reported others who were injured in the attack were placed into cabs that had to rush them to the hospital when ambulances became scarce. One taxi driver was frantic as he carried a young child into the hospital, limp and full of blood.

As of Tuesday, the death toll had reached 36, but some law enforcement officials believe that the number is likely to increase.

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Scene of carnage after Islamic State terrorist detonate two explosives at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey on Tuesday

Approximately six of the 147 who were injured are listed in critical condition.

A number of police officers, who had exchanged gunfire with the suicide bombers before they blew themselves up, were among those murdered.

The turmoil started at about 10 p.m. just outside of the airport’s entrance for international departures and arrivals.

Witnesses first heard gunshots throughout the airport and then heard three fiery explosions. One police officer threw himself at one of the bombers after the first bomb went off.

The policeman pulled out his gun at the terrorist, who fell to the floor.
However, he still discharged his suicide vest. A porter at the airport told NBC news that the cop’s heroic efforts gave innocent bystanders a few extra seconds to run away.

A cellphone video that managed to document the attack showed a bright explosion that blew up and out, bringing a large part of the terminal to pieces.

Tourists visiting from Cape Town, South Africa, Paul and Susie Roos, were at the airport waiting for their flight home when the attack occurred.

Paul Roos said, “We came up from the arrivals to the departures, up the escalator when we heard these shots going off.”

Death toll reaches 41 with another 239 wounded in Tuesday’s terror attack in Turkey

He added, “There was this guy going roaming around, he was dressed in black, and he had a handgun.”

A journalist who used to work in Iraq, Steven Nabil, said that he and his wife narrowly escaped from running into one of the bombers.

In a tweet, Nabil wrote: “We just left the airport. My wife was injured during the attack. We were face to face with the attacker …”

The tweet continued, “I ran back got my wife pulled her to store, broke in and waited in terror while he was shooting outside the store. We barely made it.”

Nabil and his wife were taking a connecting flight to New York City in Istanbul after they celebrated their honeymoon.

Pictures surfaced after the attacks of AK-47s tossed to the floor, which were believed to have been utilized by the terrorists.

Officials reported that the suicide bombers detonated their vests just before entering the X-ray security check, according to the Daily Mail.

Victims were seen scattered all over the place and were covered in piles of debris. The victims were covered in blood, and their clothing was partially torn apart.

Officials said that the airport has security at the entrance of the airport and the entry for the gates. However, its security monitoring cars driving up to the terminal were limited.

Ataturk Airport, which is the third busiest in Europe, became a prime target in the eyes of many counter-terrorism experts.

A wounded girl is carried on a stretcher into the Bakirkoy Sadi Konuk Hospital after being injured in the blasts at Ataturk Airport

A wounded girl is carried on a stretcher into the Bakirkoy Sadi Konuk Hospital after being injured in the blasts at Ataturk Airport

All flights were suspended on Tuesday night, and roads were closed off.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, president of Turkey, condemned the brutal attacks which occurred during the holy month of Ramadan.

In a statement, the president noted: “The West should display a resolute stance against this plot.”

He added that the atrocity “shows that terrorism strikes with no regard to faith and values,”

He then swore that Turkey would fight back against these terrorists, saying: “Turkey has the power, determination and capacity to continue the fight against terrorism until the end.”

On Wednesday, the prime minister announced that the airport had reopened at around 2:20 a.m., just hours following the attack.

Jeh Johnson, head of U.S. Homeland Security, said that the agency was monitoring the situation in Istanbul and is currently “directing appropriate actions.”

Investigators work next to a body after a suicide bomb attack killed dozens of at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey on Tuesday

Investigators work next to a body after a suicide bomb attack killed dozens of at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey on Tuesday

Ironically, the massacre came just one day after a travel warning was re-issued to Americans in Turkey due to concerns of terrorist attacks.

The travel warning was because “of increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey” and further notes that “aviation services” would be a possible target.

Back in March, the State Department required relatives of consular workers to leave the regions of Adana and others in Izmir.

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee, who seeks to issue a ban on Muslim immigrants from countries with terrorist links, said that the attack should be a wake-up call for those who oppose his policies.

Trump tweeted: “Yet another terrorist attack, this time in Turkey. Will the world ever realize what is going on? So sad.”

Taxis ferried the wounded away from the airport, after it was targeted by three suicide bombers in what has been described as a 'major and co-ordinated' attack

Taxis ferried the wounded away from the airport  after it was targeted by three suicide bombers in what has been described as a ‘major and coordinated’ attack

He added: “We must do everything possible to keep this horrible terrorism outside the United States.”

Hillary Clinton also noted: “All Americans stand united with the people of Turkey against this campaign of hatred and violence.”

Following the attacks, security was heightened for transportation hubs and airports in and around New York City.

Port Authority officials and NYPD officers warned commuters to expect to see officers with weapons at LaGuardia, JFK and Newark, NJ Airports.

Officials said that local authorities have teamed up with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force to increase security.

In recent months, Turkey has experienced several bombings that have been linked to Islamic State and Kurdish terrorists. Two of the attacks targeted tourists traveling in Istanbul.

The terrorist attacked have continuously increased in frequency and scale, which have been scaring off tourists and hurting the economy.

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