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Istambul airport terrorist attack leaves at least 36 dead and 150 wounded

BEIRUT |, with agencies - June 29, 2016, 08h58

Three suicide bombers blew themselves up in Istanbul’s Ataturk international airport on Tuesday, killing at least 36 and wounding 150.

The authority said the attack was probably led by Islamic State group militants.

According to France24, one attacker opened fire in the departures hall with an automatic rifle, sending passengers diving for cover and trying to flee, before all three blew themselves up in or around the arrivals hall a floor below, witnesses and officials said.

The attack on Europe’s third-busiest airport is one of the deadliest in a series of suicide bombings in Turkey.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned today’s terrorist attack at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport, according to his spokesperson.

“He expresses his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Turkey. He wishes a speedy recovery to those injured,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson added in a statement. “The Secretary-General hopes that the perpetrators of this crime will be identified and brought to justice.”

The spokesperson added that the UN chief stands firmly by Turkey as it confronts the threat of terrorism and stresses the need to intensify regional and international efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism.

The attack also drew condemnation and condolences from many countries worldwide.  The United States said it "stood in solidarity" with Turkey, its NATO ally, and that such attacks would only reinforce their joint determination to fight terrorism. 

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