Turkish intelligence had warned of a potential terror attack 20 days ago
Before the deadly terror attack at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul happened on June 28, the Turkish intelligence has sent a warning letter to all state institutions about a potential terror attack, report says.
According to Doğan TV’s Ankara representative Hande Fırat, the intelligence agency has sent a warning letter about a potential attack from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to all prominent public institutions including Ataturk Airport.
“Intelligence units sent a warning letter to the top of the state and all its institutions in early June, around 20 days ago, about Istanbul,” Fırat said in a live broadcast on June 29.
She also made it clear that the list had included the names of targeted places, including the airport.
It is believed that the terrorist selected Ataturk Airport for the bomb blast since it is the 11th busiest airports in the world.
According the recent reports, the death toll has risen to 42, with 230 people injured. Many of the injured are said to be critical.
Sources said that thirteen of those killed are foreigners.
There are Turkish, Saudi Arabian, Iraqi, Tunisian, Uzbek, Iranian, Jordanian and Ukrainian citizens among the killed.
The Turkish government has announced a day’s mourning in memory of the victims of the heinous attack.