Istanbul attackers 'from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan'

By AFP
Published: June 30, 2016
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Police officers patrol at Turkey's largest airport, Istanbul Ataturk, following a blast on June 28, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

Police officers patrol at Turkey's largest airport, Istanbul Ataturk, following a blast on June 28, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

ANKARA: The three bombers who blew themselves up at Istanbul’s international airport this week were from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, a Turkish official said on Thursday.

“We are prepared to confirm the nationalities of the Istanbul attackers as Russia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Tunisian killed in Istanbul attack seeking IS-linked son

There has been no claim of responsibility for Tuesday’s carnage at Ataturk airport, which left 42 people dead, but the government has pointed the finger of blame at the Islamic State group.

Turkish police on Thursday rounded up 13 suspected IS extremists in raids at 16 different locations across Istanbul, the official said.

Another nine suspects were detained in the western port city of Izmir, but the official did not confirm whether the arrests were linked to the attack.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Jun 30, 2016 - 5:49PM

    Ufff what a geography lesson – learning all new places and complicated named countries. Thats the nicest thing I can say about this incident . Recommend

  • Bukwaas
    Jul 1, 2016 - 3:33AM

    Wow people from many other nations. Any non-Muslims in the attackers?Recommend

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