ISTANBUL:Turkey pointed the finger of blame at Islamic State militants Wednesday after suicide bombers armed with automatic rifles attacked Istanbul’s main international airport, killing 41 people, including foreigners.
Witnesses described scenes of terror and panic on Tuesday evening as the attackers began shooting indiscriminately and then blew themselves up at the entrance to Ataturk airport, one of Europe’s busiest hubs.
The assault, at the start of Turkey’s crucial summer tourist season, was the latest in a wave of attacks in Istanbul and the capital Ankara over the past year, putting the country on high alert.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said “the evidence points to Daesh”, using another name for the militant group.
The city’s governor said 41 people were killed, including 13 foreigners, and 239 wounded.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for an international “joint fight” against terror, as Western alliesincluding the United States condemned the “heinous” attack.
Yildirim said the three suicide bombers had arrived at the airport in a taxi and opened fire at the entrance to the international terminal before detonating their explosives.