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*UPDATE* 36 DEAD at Istanbul Airport

*UPDATE* 36 DEAD at Istanbul Airport

Terror attack in Turkey a day after government normalized relations with Israel

Turkish officials have confirmed a terrorist attack has killed 36 people and injured 147 others at Istanbul’s main airport in the international terminal.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim blamed Islamic State for the attack.

One of the suicide bombers “first opened fire with a Kalashnikov then detonated himself” near the entrance.

Istanbul Ataturk is the third largest airport in Europe and a major hub for international travel.

Three bombs went off outside of the airport. Officials said a bomber placed one “outside the terminal on the pavement” while “the other was at the security gate at the entrance to the airport.”

*UPDATE* 6:13PM

Turkey blocks Facebook and Twitter.

*UPDATE* 5:41PM VERY GRAPHIC BELOW!!!

The camera caught a police officer shooting one suicide bomber, who then blew himself up.

*UPDATE* 5:22PM

The governor now says three suicide bombers pulled off the attack.

*UPDATE* 4:37PM

This is allegedly the moment the explosion occurred.

*UPDATE* 4:30PM

Not a shock, but the Turkish government will not allow coverage on the attack. They have done this in the past after terrorist attacks.

People have uploaded pictures and video on social media.

https://twitter.com/CNNTURK_ENG/status/747877223504482304

https://twitter.com/ofirzarfatinews/status/747886279258443776

Turkey has experienced numerous terrorist attacks in the last year. In March, an attack from a Kurdish militant group killed 37 people at a bus stop in Ankara.

No terrorist groups have taken responsibility for the attack yet. However, just yesterday, Turkey and Israel healed old wounds and renewed their relationship. The deal means the Turkish government will not enable Hamas to conduct, plan or direct any military activity against Israel. A Hamas official claimed that Erdoğan contacted the terrorist group and said he needed to make the deal “in order to save Turkey’s interests.”

We will update as more information rolls in.

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healthguyfsu | June 28, 2016 at 4:38 pm

Strange since Turkey is a Muslim country…this must be about new Israeli agreement?

Xenomethean | June 28, 2016 at 5:24 pm

Oh look, Islamic man sets off bomb, when will people realize that radical Islam is Islam…Time for another crusade.

These muslims are mentally ill! They’re so full of hate over nothing that they can’t think straight. We really should turn their country into nuclear glass.

Just be very glad this is not an “existential threat” to the President. I didn’t realize the NRA was active in Turkey… need to ban assault rifles and bombs…. But really, heart felt sadness for so many killed and suffering. Hate to think what those JV’ers are planning next.

Humphrey's Executor | June 28, 2016 at 8:12 pm

They’re showing footage of a wounded suicide bomber detonating himself.

These maniacs are brainwashed into thinking that blowing themselves up is a ticket to paradise, because its in the Koran.

Common Sense | June 28, 2016 at 8:59 pm

The White House just reported that without a doubt
this is some sort of hate crime.

Now they are try to find out what the hate was about? 🙁

[Omitted] strikes again.

Alex Bensky | June 28, 2016 at 9:20 pm

Whatever could be the motivation for the attackers? Since they apparently were from ISIS, it can’t have had anything to do with Islam.

Will the Obama Administration say this is work place violence? Or maybe domestic Turkish Terrorism? Or maybe this occurred because of some YouTube video pushed by crooked Hillary?

When will the world wake up and deal with this? Maybe we should learn from the Israelis.

tarheelkate | June 28, 2016 at 9:56 pm

Although it could have been Kurds, they’re talking about ISIS. Death toll expected to rise. It just goes to show that even having an Islamist leader (Erdogan) is not a protection. He’s not Islamist enough for ISIS.

I’ve been through this airport multiple times, and know many really nice Turks who are as worried about Islamist extremism as we are.

This must have been a pack of lone wolves…

It’s a great reminder that terrorists are willing to die for their cause and Obama is willing to let Americans die for his.

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