Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Istanbul airport blast: 13 held as the raids continue

Narada Desk | June 30, 2016 6:35 pm Print
According to an Anadolu news agency report, three suspects among detained are foreigners.
The Turkish police has also embarked on a special hunt for the ISIS sympathizers in Istanbul and Izmir

After carrying out a rapid raid at 16 different places in Istanbul, the Turkish police held 13 suspects in connection with the suicide bombing at Istanbul’s international airport.

According to an Anadolu news agency report, three suspects among detained are foreigners.

The Turkish police has also embarked on a special hunt for the ISIS sympathizers in Istanbul and Izmir.

Though the ISIS has not owned the attack yet, the Turkish authorities still believe that the attack was carried out by the terror outfit. Turkish Prime Minister has officially announced right after the attack that it was likely carried out by ISIS.

The counter-terrorism cell in Istanbul has also held some raids in areas like Pendik, Basaksehir and Sultanbeyli.

Meantime, as part of the ISIS hunt, the Turkish police have arrested nine suspected militants thought to have been in contact with ISIS.

According to the police sources, they are accused of financing and providing helps for the terror outfit to function in the country.

On the second day after the bomb blast, the city has limped back to the normal, with shops and public offices were fully opened. “Everything has come back to normal.  However, we university students got a message from the government authorities to stay safe and not to panic. Since some flights have been cancelled, many international students are still stuck in universities,” Anees Chonari, a post graduate student from Marmara University, Istanbul told NaradaNews.

Meanwhile, quoting police sources, some Turkish media reported that three terrorist who attacked the airport had rented a flat in the Aksaray area of Istanbul. They took a taxi to the airport around 8;45 pm local time.

The driver of the taxi reportedly said that the attackers were very cool and not stressed, on their way to the airport.

“When the terrorists couldn’t pass the regular security system, they returned and took their weapons out of their suitcases and opened fire at random at the security check,” said Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.

According to an Associate Press report, one of the attackers entered the lower-level arrival hall firing at the people and blew himself up.

During this chaos, the second terrorist entered the departure hall where he detonated his explosives. The third man waited outside for the people rushing out of the airport, to detonate his explosives.

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