What You Should Know About The Suicide Bombings At Istanbul Airport That Killed 36

This attack is only the latest in a string of deadly attacks in popular tourist spots in Turkey this year.

Cover image via Ismail Coskun/IHLAS News Agency/Reuters

Earlier today, 3 suicide bombers blew themselves up at Istanbul Ataturk airport, killing at least 36 People and injuring around 150

Three suicide bombers attacked Turkey's busy Ataturk Airport in Istanbul Tuesday evening, killing at least 36 people and wounding 147, according to Turkish officials. While no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said initial findings suggest the men were affiliated with the Islamic State.

"Our first assessments of the attacks make it look like this was an ISIS attack," and anonymous Turkish security official told the Washington Post. "The target and modus operandi are similar to what we’ve seen during the Brussels airport attacks."

When asked if a fourth attacker might have escaped, Prime Minister Yildirim said authorities do not believe that was the case, but they are considering every possibility.

There are questions regarding how the attackers get past security, but it must be noted that in Turkish airports travelers are screened at the terminal entrance and before entering departure gates and none of the attackers made it past the first security checkpoint

They had been trying to pass through X-ray machines when they were stopped by Turkish security officials. When they began shooting with AK-47 rifles, the officers returned fire.

A police officer tried to wrestle one of the gunmen to the ground before he blew himself up in a bombing coordinated with two other suspects.

People take cover during the attack on Ataturk Airport in Istanbul.


While flights in and out of the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul were suspended following the attack, the airport, which is one of the busiest in the world, has been reopened and air traffic resumed

This attack is only the latest in a string of deadly attacks in popular tourist spots in Turkey this year, dealing a heavy blow to the country's tourism industry, notes Jennifer Amur and Julie Vitkovskaya in their piece about the attack on The Washington Post

In fact, since July last year, there has been 6 suicide bombings in Turkey, not counting the one from today, that have killed 218 people

Earlier in March, Easter celebrations at a recreational park in Lahore, Pakistan took a bloody turn after a suicide bomber blew himself up, killing 69 and injuring more than 300 people:

In the same month, Brussels' departures area of Zaventem airport was hit by two suicide bombers who blew himself, killing 32 people:

And in an unlikely development to the attack at Brussels, the brother of one the suicide bombers is all set to represent his country Belgium at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro:

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