Islamic State suicide bombers opened fire and blew themselves up in Istanbul’s main airport, killing 41 people and wounding 239.
The attack bore similarities to a suicide bombing by Islamic State militants at Brussels airport in March that killed 16 people. A coordinated attack also targeted a rush-hour metro train, killing a further 16 people in the Belgian capital.
Islamic State militants also claimed gun and bomb attacks that killed 129 people in Paris last November
One attacker opened fire in the departures hall with an automatic rifle, sending passengers diving for cover and trying to flee, before all three blew themselves up in or around the arrivals hall a floor below, witnesses and officials said.
Video footage showed one of the attackers inside the terminal building being shot, apparently by a police officer, before falling to the ground as people scattered. The attacker then blew himself up around 20 seconds later.
The majority of the victims were Turkish nationals, but there were also foreigners among the dead, officials say. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan strongly condemned the bombings, urging the international community to unite against terrorism, as Turkey`s PM confirmed that the initial evidence points to Islamic State’s complicity in the crime.
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