Turkish PM: 'Attackers could not pass security checks'

Turkish PM:
# 29 June 2016 21:10 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The Istanbul assailants could not pass the security checks at the entrance of the airport, the Turkish prime minister said on Wednesday, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.

On Tuesday, Istanbul Ataturk Airport was the scene of a major terror attack, in which 41 people were killed and 239 were wounded by three assailants armed with automatic assault rifles and explosive vests.

”The assailants opened fire on security personnel at the entrance after they could not pass the checks,” Binali Yildirim told reporters in the capital Ankara.

“One of them blew himself up outside, while the other two took advantage of the panic during gunfire to enter, and blew themselves up inside,” Yildirim said.

The prime minister added that the attack has shown officials the need to enhance security at airports, especially against potential armed attacks.

Meanwhile, Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala, also in Ankara, said that all information and evidence collected shows that the Daesh terrorist organization was responsible for the attack.

“But, the case has yet to be finalized,” Ala added.

ISTANBUL AIRPORT TERROR ATTACK DEATH TOLL RISES TO 42

The death toll in Tuesday night's terror attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport has risen to 42 from 41 after the death of young woman, according to hospital sources.

Merve Yigit, 22, succumbed to her injuries in a private hospital in Istanbul's Bahcelievler district.

According to a statement issued by the Istanbul Governor’s Office earlier, among the 42 were 10 foreign nationals and three others with dual Turkish citizenship.

A total of 109 injured people out of 239 have been discharged from hospitals in Turkey's most populous city, the statement added.

The Turkish Prime Ministry announced a one-day national mourning in the aftermath of the Istanbul airport attack.

Turkey will hoist its flags at half-mast across the country and in Turkish foreign representatives around the world, the Prime Ministry said in the statement.

"As a sign of mourning, flags will be flown at half-mast from our domestic and overseas buildings until sunset on Wednesday, June 29," the Prime Ministry said.

“We expect that a resolute stance against terrorist organizations should be adopted by the world and especially Western countries with their parliament, media and non-governmental organizations,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a statement.

“Turkey will continue its fight against all terrorist organizations at all costs until the end of terrorism,” Erdogan added.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Wednesday that three suicide bombers were also killed in the attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport on Tuesday night.

Yildirim said initial indications suggested Daesh was responsible. He added that airport operations resumed Wednesday morning.

“Our airport has been reopened to flights as of 2.20 a.m. [2320GMT] and air traffic has returned to normal,” he said.

Later in the day, Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala, also in Ankara, echoed Yildirim to say all information and evidence collected shows that the Daesh terrorist organization was responsible for the attack.

“But, the case has yet to be finalized,” Ala added.

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