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Istanbul attack as it happened: 38 killed, 147 injured by suspected IS suicide bombers
  • 12:41 (IST)

    Facebook activates safety check feature 

    Social networking giant Facebook activated its safety check feature for users after the Istanbul attack, reported IANS. The feature allows people to notify their friends if they are in the affected area and mark themselves as safe. A click or tap on the "I'm Safe" button lets friends and loved ones know straight away. Users can also check to see whether their friends are safe too. 

  • 12:15 (IST)

    'Nato allies stand in solidarity with Turkey'

    Nato chief strongly condemned the "horrific attacks" at Istanbul's airport, and said Turkey's 27 allies in the US-led political and military organization stand with it, reported AP.

    Jens Stoltenberg, Nato's secretary-general, said in a statement: "My thoughts are with the families of the victims, those injured and the people of Turkey. "There can be no justification for terrorism," Stoltenberg said. "Nato allies stand in solidarity with Turkey, united in our determination to fight terrorism in all its forms."

  • 12:08 (IST)

    No report of Indian casualty: MEA

    The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Wednesday said that there were no reports of any Indian among the casualties in the attack on Istanbul's Ataturk Airport. "No report so far of any Indian among the casualties. Consulate has been in touch with Istanbul Governorate and the Turkish Health Ministry hotline desk," an official statement said. 

  • 11:35 (IST)

    High alert at Hyderabad airport 

    Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is on high alert. Central Industrial Security Force and Rapid Action Force personnel have been deployed. 

  • 11:33 (IST)

    Officials assess damage at Istanbul airport

    Officials on Wednesday morning began assessing the damage caused at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport by three suicide bombers who killed dozens and wounded more than 140, reported AP. Workers were brought in to remove debris left by the blast, while in the daylight the damage to the terminal became clearer with even ceiling panels hit.The airport was partially reopened, with the information board inside the airport showing that about one third of scheduled flights have been canceled, with a host of others delayed.

  • 11:29 (IST)

    We stand with our allies: Justin Trudeau 

    Canandian Prime Minister strongly condemned the deadly attack at Istanbul's Ataturk airport. "My thoughts are with the victims as we stand with our allies against terrorism," he said on Twitter. 

  • 11:04 (IST)

    Ataturk Airport one of the busiest in the world

    Istanbul's Ataturk Airport was the 11th busiest airport in the world last year, with 61.8 million passengers, according to Airports Council International. It is also one of the fastest-growing airports in the world, seeing 9.2 percent more passengers last year than in 2014, reported AP. The largest carrier at the airport is Turkish Airlines, which operates a major hub there. Low-cost Turkish carrier Onur Air is the second-largest airline there.

  • 11:04 (IST)

    Ataturk Airport one of the busiest in the world

    Istanbul's Ataturk Airport was the 11th busiest airport in the world last year, with 61.8 million passengers, according to Airports Council International. It is also one of the fastest-growing airports in the world, seeing 9.2 percent more passengers last year than in 2014, reported AP. The largest carrier at the airport is Turkish Airlines, which operates a major hub there. Low-cost Turkish carrier Onur Air is the second-largest airline there.

  • 10:53 (IST)

    Istanbul attack a brutal reminder of Brussels attack

    The devastation at Istanbul's airport follows the March attack on Brussels Airport, where two suicide bombings ripped through check-in counters, killing 16 people. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for that attack, as well as a subsequent explosion at a Brussels subway station that killed 16 more people.

    Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said on Twitter: "Our thoughts are with the victims of the attacks at Istanbul's airport. We condemn these atrocious acts of violence."

  • 10:44 (IST)

    Suicide attacks in Turkey go up

    Suicide attackers killed at least 38 people and wounded more than 140 at Istanbul's busy Ataturk Airport. Turkish officials said the explosions were probably the work of Islamic State group militants. On 13 March, 2016, a Kurdish woman blew herself up in a car at a busy transport hub in Ankara, killing 37 people in an attack that was also claimed by TAK, also known as the Kurdish Freedom Falcons. Later, on 19 March, a suicide bombing rocked Istanbul's main pedestrian street killing five people, including the bomber, whom authorities identified as a Turkish national linked to IS. 

  • 10:18 (IST)

    Turkish Prime Minister calls for national unity

    The Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim called for national unity and "global cooperation" and suggested that the attack was linked to what he said was Turkey's success against Kurdish rebels, as well as steps Ankara took on Monday toward mending strained ties with Israel and Russia, according to AP.

    "It is meaningful that this heinous attack came at a time when we have become successful in the fight against separatist terrorism ... and at a time when we started a process of normalizing ties with our neighbors," Yildirim said.

  • 10:13 (IST)

    Govt to ensure safety of Indian airports: Civil Aviation Minister 

    Government is committed to ensure the safety of Indian airports and skies, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju today said as he expressed shock over the deadly terror attack at Istanbul airport. "I am deeply shocked and agitated at the terror attack on Istanbul Airport. We stand with Turkey and its citizens in their loss & grief," Raju said in a tweet. He emphasised that the government is committed to ensure safety of airports in the country.
       

  • 10:09 (IST)

    Condemnable act of violence: Arun Jaitley

    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley called the Istanbul blast "a highly condemnable act of violence."  

  • 10:05 (IST)

    Death toll may rise: Turkish official

    A senior government official told The Associated Press the death toll could climb much higher. The senior official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government protocol, at first said close to 50 people had already died, but later said that the figure was expected to rise to close to 50. Hundreds of frightened passengers streamed out of the airport, fleeing the latest of several bombings to strike Turkey in recent months. 

  • 09:57 (IST)

    Ataturk airport resumes operation 

    Operations resumed at Istanbul's Ataturk airport after the deadly terror attack. Departures have also resumed. 

  • 09:52 (IST)

    White House condemns attack

    The White House issued a statement condemning the suicide bombings in Istanbul and calling it "heinous terrorist attack."  

  • 09:52 (IST)

    White House condemns attack

    The White House issued a statement condemning the suicide bombings in Istanbul and calling it "heinous terrorist attack."  

  • 09:48 (IST)

    A spate of bombings in Turkey

    According to CNN's Henri Barkey, Islamic State and Kurdish insurgents are the two likely suspect in the attack. Tourism in Turkey has taken a hit with repeated terror attacks. Turkey has suffered a spate of bombings this year, including two suicide attacks in tourist areas of Istanbul blamed on Islamic State, and two car bombings in the capital, Ankara, which were claimed by a Kurdish militant group.

  • 09:28 (IST)

    Five police officers killed in the attack

    According to Reuters, police fired shots to try to stop two of the attackers just before they reached a security checkpoint at the arrivals hall, but they detonated their explosives, a Turkish official said. The The vast majority of those killed were Turkish nationals but foreigners were also among the dead. Reports suggest that they were five police officers among the dead. 

  • 09:18 (IST)

    Albanian Prime Minister's plane landed at Istanbul at the time of attack

    According to the private Dogan news agency, a plane carrying Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama was landing at Istanbul's Ataturk airport when the attack occurred. He was arriving on an official visit. The prime minister and his entourage were safely taken to an official residence. The group was to travel later on Wednesday to Turkey's capital, Ankara.

  • 09:13 (IST)

    A scene of panic

    Security camera footage widely circulated on social media appeared to capture two of the blasts, according to AFP. In one clip a huge ball of flame erupts at an entrance to the terminal building, scattering terrified passengers. Another video shows a black-clad attacker running inside the building before collapsing to the ground -- apparently felled by a police bullet — and blowing himself up.

    Witnesses described scenes of panic as the blasts hit, while images on social media showed passengers lying on the floor and luggage trolleys overturned.

  • 09:09 (IST)

    Prayers for Istanbul

    Prayers poured in for Istanbul on Twitter after the terror attack that killed 38 and wounded 147 at the Ataturk international airport.  

  • 08:45 (IST)

    Turkey has power to fight terrorism: Erdogan

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the attack on Istanbul's Ataturk airport, which took place during Ramzan, according to AP. He said the attack "shows that terrorism strikes with no regard to faith and values."

    He called on the international community to take a firm stand against terrorism and vowed to keep up Turkey's struggle against terror groups. "Turkey has the power, determination and capacity to continue the fight against terrorism until the end," he said. 

  • 08:35 (IST)

    Emergency numbers 

    Ministry of External Affairs has tweeted out emergency numbers for Indians in Turkey. 

  • 08:31 (IST)

    Flights resume from US to Istanbul airport 

    A stoppage of flights to and from the United States and Istanbul Ataturk Airport lasted several hours but has been lifted, said a US official who spoke on background to discuss sensitive security issues, according to AP. The official said the stoppage was lifted in the middle of the evening. The official said 10 passenger flights were in the air, flying from Turkey to the US, at the time of the stoppage and they have all landed.

  • 08:28 (IST)

    PM Modi condemns attack 

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the attack in Istanbul inhuman and horrific and offered condolences to the bereaved families. "My thoughts are with bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly," he said on Twitter.

  • 08:25 (IST)

    Terror attacks in Turkey increased in recent months 

    Turkey has suffered several bombings in recent months linked to Kurdish or Islamic State group militants. The attacks have increased in scale and frequency, scaring off tourists and hurting the economy, which relies heavily on tourism revenues.

  • 08:20 (IST)

    Istanbul attack strengthens our resolve to defeat terrorism: Clinton

    Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has said the terror attack in Turkey is a reminder that the US can't retreat from this part of the world and needs to deepen co-operation with allies in the Middle East and Europe to take on this threat.

    "Today's attack in Istanbul only strengthens our resolve to defeat the forces of terrorism and radical jihadism around the world. And it reminds us that the United States cannot retreat," Clinton said in a statement, according to PTI. "We must deepen our cooperation with our allies and partners in the Middle East and Europe to take on this threat," she said. 

  • 08:14 (IST)

    It's total chaos: Witness 

    A witness told CNN that it was total chaos at the airport after the attack. One of them said there is a "mood of heightened panic" with people crying and screaming. 

  • 08:06 (IST)

    Passengers rush out of the airport

    Hevin Zini, 12, had just arrived from Duesseldorf, Germany, with her family told AP, "There was blood on the ground," she told AP. "Everything was blown up to bits... if we had arrived two minutes earlier, it could have been us."

    Roads around the airport have been sealed off for regular traffic after the attack and several ambulances are driving back and forth. Hundreds of passengers have come out of the airport. 

  • 08:01 (IST)

    Attackers detonated explosives at airport entrance

    A Turkish official said two of the attackers detonated explosives at the entrance of the international arrivals terminal after police fired at them, while the third blew himself up in the parking lot. The official also said that none of the attackers had managed to get past security checks at the terminal's entrance. 

    AP

  • 08:01 (IST)

    Attackers detonated explosives at airport entrance

    A Turkish official said two of the attackers detonated explosives at the entrance of the international arrivals terminal after police fired at them, while the third blew himself up in the parking lot. The official also said that none of the attackers had managed to get past security checks at the terminal's entrance. 

    AP

  • 07:54 (IST)

    Ban Ki-moon condemns terror attack

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the "terrorist attack" at Istanbu's Ataturk airport and is calling for the perpetrators to be identified and brought to justice. 

    UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said the secretary-general "stands firmly by Turkey as it confronts this threat and stresses the need to intensify regional and international efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism."

  • 07:51 (IST)

    No lapse in security: Turkish PM

    Three suicide bombers opened fire at passengers with automatic rifles before blowing themselves up, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said. The attackers had arrived at the airport by taxi. The Turkish Prime Minister ruled out any security lapses at the Ataturk International airport. 

  • 07:47 (IST)

    Security tightened at Mumbai airport

    After the deadly attack at the Istanbul international airport, security has been tightened at the Mumbai airport. Turkish officials said that the victims included some foreigners.

  • 07:41 (IST)

    Trump calls for waterboarding

    Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump reiterated his call for the return of waterboarding and the use of other harsh interrogation techniques in the battle against Islamic State militants. While Hillary Clinton said the bombings at Istanbul Ataturk Airport are "a reminder that the United States cannot retreat."

  • 07:39 (IST)

    Islamic State suspected behind attack

    Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that initial findings at the Daesh organization as the perpetrators of this terror attack. 

  • 07:36 (IST)

    Suicide bombers attack Istanbul's Ataturk Airport

    Three suspected Islamic State group suicide bombers targeted the international terminal of Istanbul's Ataturk Airport on Tuesday, killing at least 36 people and wounding many others, Turkish officials said. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said 36 were dead as well as the three suicide bombers. 

Istanbul: Three suspected Islamic State group suicide bombers targeted the international terminal of Istanbul's Ataturk Airport Tuesday, killing at least 36 people and wounding many others, Turkish officials said. According to India Today, the death toll has increased to 38.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said 36 were dead as well as the three suicide bombers. Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said 147 were wounded. Another senior government official told AP the death toll could climb much higher.

The senior official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government protocol, at first said close to 50 people had already died, but later said that the figure was expected to rise to close to 50.

Yildirim said three suicide bombers were responsible for the attack and all initial indications suggest the Islamic State group was behind it.

 Istanbul attack as it happened: 38 killed, 147 injured by suspected IS suicide bombers

Medics and security members work at the entrance of the Ataturk Airport after explosions in Istanbul on Tuesday. AP

"The findings of our security forces point at the Daesh organization as the perpetrators of this terror attack," Yildirim told reporters at the airport, using the Arabic name for Islamic State. "Even though the indications suggest Daesh, our investigations are continuing."

Yildirim said the attackers arrived at the airport in a taxi and blew themselves up after opening fire. Asked whether a fourth attacker might have escaped, he said authorities have no such assessment but are considering every possibility.

The victims included some foreigners, he said, adding that many of the wounded have minor injuries but others are more badly hurt.

Another Turkish official said two of the attackers detonated explosives at the entrance of the international arrivals terminal after police fired at them, while the third blew himself up in the parking lot.

The official, who also spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government regulations and cited interior ministry information, said none of the attackers managed to get past security checks at the terminal's entrance.

Turkish airports have security checks at both the entrance of terminal buildings and then later before entry to departure gates.

Roads around the airport were sealed off for regular traffic after the attack and several ambulances could be seen driving back and forth. Hundreds of passengers were flooding out of the airport and others were sitting on the grass.

Hevin Zini, 12, had just arrived from Duesseldorf, Germany, with her family and was in tears from the shock.

"There was blood on the ground," she told AP. "Everything was blown up to bits... if we had arrived two minutes earlier, it could have been us."

South African Judy Favish, who spent two days in Istanbul as a layover on her way home from Dublin, had just checked in when she heard an explosion followed by gunfire and a loud bang.

She says she hid under the counter for some time.

Favish says passengers were ushered to a cafeteria at the basement level where they were kept for more than an hour before being allowed outside.

Two South African tourists, Paul and Susie Roos from Cape Town, were at the airport and due to fly home at the time of the explosions.

"We came up from the arrivals to the departures, up the escalator when we heard these shots going off," Paul Roos said. "There was this guy going roaming around, he was dressed in black and he had a hand gun."

Yildirim said air traffic at the airport, which was suspended after the attack, had resumed to normal.

The prime minister called for national unity and "global cooperation" in combating terrorism.

"This (attack) has shown once again that terrorism is a global threat," Yildirim said. "This is a heinous planned attack that targeted innocent people."

He suggested that the attack was linked to what he said was Turkey's success against Kurdish rebels as well as steps Ankara took on Monday toward mending strained ties with Israel and Russia.

"It is meaningful that this heinous attack came at a time when we have become successful in the fight against separatist terrorism ... and at a time when we started a process of normalizing ties with our neighbors," Yildirim said.

Yildirim insisted there was no security lapse at the airport but said the fact that the attackers were carrying weapons "increased the severity" of the attack.

The private DHA news agency said the wounded, among them police officers, were transferred to Bakirkoy State Hospital.

Turkey has suffered several bombings in recent months linked to Kurdish or Islamic State group militants.

The bombings include two in Istanbul targeting tourists that authorities have blamed on the Islamic State group.

The attacks have increased in scale and frequency, scaring off tourists and hurting the economy, which relies heavily on tourism revenues.

Istanbul's Ataturk Airport was the 11th busiest airport in the world last year, with 61.8 million passengers, according to Airports Council International. It is also one of the fastest-growing airports in the world, seeing 9.2 percent more passengers last year than in 2014.

The largest carrier at the airport is Turkish Airlines, which operates a major hub there. Low-cost Turkish carrier Onur Air is the second-largest airline there.

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Updated Date: Jun 29, 2016 12:52:20 IST