News Update!!: Istanbul, Turkey: Latest Information: Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport Bombing.
ZachNews has the latest information regarding the bombing attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey that occured on Tuesday, June 28th, 2016.
** As of 7:00am PT on Thursday, June 30th, 2016: **
Authorities and security forces have reportedly arrested 13 people in and around Istanbul, Turkey in connection with the bombing attack.
** As of 11:00am PT on Wednesday, June 29th, 2016: **
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Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport is back open and airline flights are arriving on Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 a day after 3 terrorist attackers blow themselves up in an attack on innocent lives.
Funerals for some of the victims began on Wednesday as Turkish authorities tried to piece together how the bombing attack happened, going through surveillance video and interviewing witnesses to establish a preliminary timeline.
Workers began removing debris at the destroyed terminal well the rest of the airport reopens, which is in sharp contrast to the 12 days of complete shutdown in Brussels after the deadly airport bombing in March 2016 reportedly killing 32 innocent people and injuring more then 300 people.
With the airport reopened, about one-third of scheduled airline flights were canceled well others airline flights were delayed.
According to the SITE Intelligence Group, there has been still no claims of responsibility into this bombing attack, including no claimed of responsibility from Islamic State group, but there are reports that the terrorist group it did issue an infographic celebrating 2 years since announcing a caliphate claiming to have covert units in Turkey, among other places.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said it appeared that the Islamic State group was responsible in this bombing attack because of the Islamic State group has threatened Turkey repeatedly in the pass.
“Even though the indications suggest Daesh, our investigations are continuing,” said Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim is also suggested the bombing attack could be linked to steps Ankara took on Monday, June 27th, 2016 toward mending strained ties with Israel and Russia.
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In wake of the bombing attack, security have been stepped up and law enforcement agencies are on watch at airports and transportation sites across the United States of America as people get ready for the Independence Day Weekend will have many people starting the summer vacation off.
Authorities are asking the public to be on watch and if you see something suspicious, say something to law enforcement.
** As of 11:00pm PT on Tuesday, June 28th, 2016: **
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At least 41 people are dead and 147 people are injured after suicide bombers blow themself up at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport on Tuesday, June 28th, 2016.
Authorities say that at least 3 people came up to the entrance of the international arrivals area and opened fire at around 10:30pm local time (3:30pm ET).
NBC News is reporting that attacker were noticed by law enforcement who reportedly started yelling, “suicide bomber,” but they were unable to stop another explosion.
These are pictures chips taken from video of a man running in the airport (1st Picture), fall onto the floor (2nd Picture), a gun slides across the floor (3rd Picture) and minutes later the man blows himself up (4th and 5th Picture).
There is video posted on YouTube of this explosion.
**** Warning!!: Raw and Graphic Video: ****
** Video from Youkaza Kmaola on YouTube: **
Turkish media reported the sound of gunfire, and video from the scene showed ambulances racing to the terminal and people yelling.
At this moment, no terrorist group has taken responsibly over this bombing attack, but some are pointing to ISIS terrorist group.
James Jeffrey, a former United States diplomat who worked in Turkey and Iraq, told MSNBC News that ISIS appeared to be the most likely group behind the bloodshed.
A senior United States Counterterrorism Official told NBC News the attack in Istanbul “fits the ISIS profile, not PKK” adding, “There are only two groups capable of carrying out such a large-scale attack. This does not fit the PKK profile, they go after Turkish targets, not international targets.”
In a statement from the White House, the airport has been a “symbol of international connections and the ties that bind us together. We remain steadfast in our support for Turkey, our NATO Ally and partner, along with all our friends and allies around the world, as we continue to confront the threat of terrorism.”
The United States State Department had issued a revised warning to United States citizens advising of “increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey.”