ISTANBUL — Explosions in Istanbul’s main internationals airport have left no less than 36 individuals dead and more than 100 injured, Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says, in what appears to be the latest in a string of attacks in Turkey’s biggest city this year.
Three suicide bombers struck at the entrance to the main international airport in Istanbul on Tuesday.
Preliminary findings point to Islamic State as being responsible for the attack, Mr Yildirim said.
“According to assessments so far, 36 people have lost their lives and there were also many wounded,” he told reporters at the site of the attack on Europe’s third-busiest airport.
Turkey’s HaberTurk channel cited Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag as saying 147 people were injured, while private news agency Dogan said 88 were injured. Governor Vasip Sahin earlier told journalists 60 people had been injured.
Pictures posted on social media from the site showed injured people lying on the ground inside and outside one of the terminal buildings.
Footage from broadcasters, including CNN Turk, showed ambulances rushing to the scene.
The blasts sparked panic among passengers, CNN Turk cited witnesses as saying.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for stepped-up cooperation in the fight against terrorism on Tuesday, following an attack on Istanbul`s Ataturk airport that left at least 36 dead and scores wounded.
Ban “condemns today`s terrorist attack” and “expresses his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the government and people of Turkey,” his spokesman said in a statement.
The UN chief “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.”
“The Secretary-General hopes that the perpetrators of this crime will be identified and brought to justice,” the statement said.
Bakar-Eid being celebrated
POKHARA — The Muslim people people are celebrating their grand festival, Bakar Eid, with much fanfare today.
The festival which is to be continued for three days from today is also known as ‘Eid-Ul-Juha’. The Muslim community considers this as a festival of devotion.
Ali Miya Literary Foundation, Pokhara Chairperson and religious preacher Hanif Miya informed that the festival marked the beginning with the recitation of Islam scripture Nawaz at Idgaha of Pokhara in the early morning today.
The Muslim people who are almost 10,000 in number in Pokhara alone are marking the festival with much excitement, he added.
The Muslims visit the mosques, offer prayers to Allah, perform the Namaj prayers and exchange greetings each others on the occasion.Follow @gorkhapost