Three suicide bombers attacked the Istanbul Ataturk Airport Tuesday, causing a rampage and leaving 36 people dead and 147 injured in one of the word’s busiest airports.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that there were no claims yet as to who is responsible for the attacks, but suspicions point to ISIS due to its strategy and implementation.
It was well coordinated and based on the preliminary investigations conducted U.S. intelligence officials believe the attacks bear the hallmarks of an ISIS-directed or ISIS-inspired attack.
The Islamic terror group tends to focus more on international targets, reminiscent of the attacks on Brussels last March. It gives the terror group a sense of worldwide reach, and they want to instill fear everywhere, but their goal is to beat their enemies economically.
ISIS has stepped up its attacks on Turkey because of its participation in the war against terror by allowing coalition-led aircraft to use its military bases to attack ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria.
Yildirim also shares the same suspicion but says nothing is conclusive yet.
“The findings of our security forces point of the Daesh organization as the perpetrators of this terror attack, but investigations are still continuing.” He said.
Reports say the attackers took a taxi to the airport where two men proceeded to the international arrivals hall and started shooting at passengers and tourists with AK-47s before detonating their explosive vests. The third attacker went to the parking area and blew himself up.
The police are still investigating the possibility of a fourth attacker who may have escaped.
There are speculations that the attack was strategically planned to mark the 2-year anniversary of ISIS’ creation of the caliphate led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
This is the fourth suicide bombing in Turkey this year.
U.S. president Obama released a statement condemning the attacks in the strongest possible terms and said, “We remain steadfast in our support for Turkey, our NATO Ally and partner, along with all of our friends and allies around the world, as we continue to confront the threat of terrorism,”
Mr. Yildrim said air traffic has now resumed.
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