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At least 36 people killed by suicide bombers in Atatürk Airport

29 June 2016

At least 36 people were killed and many others injured in a suicide bomb and gun attack at Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport late on June 28, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said in a press briefing at the crime scene, adding that findings suggested that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was responsible.

Efforts to positively identify the attackers are continuing, he said.

The prime minister said three attackers arrived at the airport in a taxi. All three attackers detonated themselves and were killed, but not before firing at police, staff and passengers at the airport, he added. Yıldırım said there might be foreigners among the victims.

The attack was carried out in the arrivals section of the airport’s international terminal, he said.

Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ said at least one attacker first opened fire with a Kalashnikov rifle before detonating himself.

A number of ambulances were also deployed to the scene, while taxis also transported wounded people to hospitals, according to an eyewitness speaking to CNN Türk.

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