A terror attack on the Ataturk Istanbul airport in Turkey has left about 36 people dead and over 100 people injured.
The attack began when some gunmen opened fire at the Istanbul airport terminal. When Turkish police began firing back, the three armed men set themselves off.
One of the armed men is believed to have opened fire at the departure terminal before going to blow himself up at the arrivals.
No terrorist organization has claimed responsibility for the attack which happened over 6 hours ago but fingers are being pointed at ISIS and the PKK.
The PKK, Kurdistan Workers’ Party is a separationist. It is recognized as a terror organization among Turkey, the United States and the European Union. The PKK’s ambition on seceding from Turkey has caused quite an unrest, taking many lives along with it.
Turkey is part of a US-led coalition that seeks to end the civil war in neighboring Syria. As part of this coalition, Turkey allows for airstrike targeting Islamic militants into neighboring Syria and Iraq. This has caused tension between ISIS and Turkey, spurring a number of attacks.
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said early signs point to the Islamic State In Syria (ISIS) being responsible for the attack on Istanbul airport.
“This attack, targeting innocent people is a vile, planned terrorist act,” he said.
“There is initial evidence that each of the three suicide bombers blew themselves up after opening fire,” he told reporters at the airport.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the attack should serve as a turning point in the global fight against militant groups.
“The attack, which took place during the holy month of Ramadan, shows that terrorism strikes with no regard for faith and values,
“The bombs that exploded in Istanbul today could have gone off at any airport in any city around the world,
“Make no mistake: For terrorist organizations, there is no difference between Istanbul and London, Ankara and Berlin, Izmir and Chicago or Antalya and Rome,
“Unless all governments and the entire mankind join forces in the fight against terrorism, much worse things than what we fear to imagine today will come true,” the President said.
The Istanbul airport has since been reopened for incoming and outgoing flights. Extra caution and security measures are however being taken to ensure more safety.