World leaders condemn Ataturk Airport blast in Istanbul
World leaders expressed their shock at the deadly terror attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport on Tuesday which left 39 killed and some 239 injured. Condemning the heinous attack, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the attack clearly underlines the fact that terrorism has no religion.
The attack, which took place during the holy month of Ramadan, shows that terrorism strikes with no regard for faith and values,” Turkey’s President said.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to twitter to condemn the horrific attack.
“Attack in Istanbul is inhuman & horrific. I condemn it strongly. My thoughts are with bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly,” he tweeted.
Though the terror outfit ISIS has not claimed responsibility of the attack yet, The Turkish
Authorities including Prime Minister have come forward saying that the attack was carried out by it.
Terming the attack ‘heinous,’ United States offered its “steadfast” support for Turkey and it anti-terrorist efforts.
Attack in Istanbul is inhuman & horrific. I condemn it strongly. My thoughts are with bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 29, 2016
“Ataturk International Airport, like Brussels Airport which was attacked earlier this year, is a symbol of international connections and the ties that bind us together” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement.
“We remain steadfast in our support for Turkey, our NATO ally and partner, along with all of our friends and allies around the world, as we continue to confront the threat of terrorism” he added.
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said that all Americans stand united with the people of Turkey against this campaign of hatred and violence.
“Today’s attack in Istanbul only strengthens our resolve to defeat the forces of terrorism and radical jihadism around the world,” she added.
“All Americans stand united with the people of Turkey against this campaign of hatred and violence.” —Hillary pic.twitter.com/QmSccJvcV0
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 28, 2016
Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, said that the “terrorist threat has never been greater.”
“Our enemies are brutal and ruthless and will do anything to murder those who do not bend to their will. We must take steps now to protect America from terrorists, and do everything in our power to improve our security to keep America safe,” he said.
Meanwhile, condemning the attack, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for increased cooperation in the fight against terrorism.
Our thoughts are with the victims of the attacks at Istanbul’s airport. We condemn these atrocious acts of violence #Istanbul
— Charles Michel (@CharlesMichel) June 28, 2016
His spokesman said Ban “expresses his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the government and people of Turkey.”
“Appalled by attack in Istanbul tonight. Thoughts and prayers with all those affected” British Prime Minister David Cameron said.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault have also came forward sharing their thoughts on the atrocious attack.