Tuesday, officials in Turkey are have stated that three suicide bombers attacked Istanbul’s main international airport killing at least 36 and wounded more than 140. Associated Press is reporting that officials in Turkey have advised that the death toll and injuries will most likely increase as the airport is secured and the causalities removed. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has confirmed the death toll in this act of violence and intolerance.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has issued a statement condemning the attack: “The attack, which took place during the holy month of Ramadan, shows that terrorism strikes with no regard for faith and values. Nor do terrorists distinguish between their victims.” A U.S. Department of Justice spokeswoman said, “The Attorney General has been briefed on the explosions this evening in Istanbul, Turkey. The Justice Department and the FBI are coordinating with other U.S. Government agencies, and have offered assistance to our Turkish counterparts as needed.”
Presumptive Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump responded to news of the terrorist act by tweeting “so sad.” “Yet another terrorist attack, this time in Turkey. Will the world ever realize what is going on?” he tweeted. “We must do everything possible to keep this horrible terrorism outside the United States.” Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton issued a statement condemning the violence, ““Terrorists have struck again in the heart of one of our NATO allies—and all Americans stand united with the people of Turkey against this campaign of hatred and violence.” Continuing, 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.”
The attack on Istanbul’s airport started around 9:45 PM which is considered a particularly busy time for the airport with may landings and departures from all over Europe and the Middle East. The attack comes on the heels of the Brussel’s airport terror attack where 32 people died, not including the 3 terrorists and more than 300 were injured.