Yet another terrorist attack has struck the country of Turkey, and left over 40 people dead and 239 others wounded, as the onslaught of terrorist-inspired bloodshed continues to plague countries all across the world.
Three suicide bombers attacked Istanbul Ataturk Airport late Tuesday evening, killing at least 41 people and wounding 239 others, Turkish authorities said. Initial government assessments suggest the self-described Islamic State was responsible, Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters.
Children and their relatives embrace as they leave Ataturk airport.
Twenty-three Turkish citizens, 10 foreign nationals and three dual people of dual nationality were killed, including five Saudis and two Iraqis, official said. Citizens from China, Jordan, Tunisia, Uzbekistan, Iran and Ukraine were also killed. Among the wounded, 109 were discharged from the hospitals, the governor’s office said in its statement on Wednesday.
Police shot at the attackers outside the security gate of the airport’s international terminal, a senior Turkish official told The WorldPost. The attackers did not make it through the security gate before detonating their explosives.
“Police fired shots at suspects at the international terminal’s entry, before security check, in an effort to neutralize them,” the official said.
Video on social media appeared to show surveillance footage of one explosion:
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Graphic images showed bloodied victims lying on the ground outside the terminal, where yellow taxis normally line up to shuttle travelers into the city.
The eyewitness described the explosions as “very violent,” saying, “We were in a pool of blood.”
OZAN KOSE via Getty Images – Children run to their relatives after leaving the airport.
Most of the victims appear to have been Turkish, a source told HuffPost Arabi. Many of the injured were brought to the nearby government-run Bakırköy hospital, where an enormous crowd of worried family and friends gathered outside.
Turkey has been reeling from months of attacks targeting both tourists and security forces. Self-described Islamic State militants have claimed credit for some of the bombings, while
Turkey began throttling access to news coverage just hours after the attack, a practice that has become common in recent months, watchdog groups said. The prime minister’s office issued the gag order to all media outlets, which banned the sharing of any visuals from the incident, according to Vocative. Both Facebook and Twitter experienced disruptions as well.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest responded to the attacks in a statement, saying, “