Istanbul airport attack: Isil ‘thought to be behind’ suicide attacks in Turkey that left at least 28 dead

-Three suicide bombers strike Istanbul Ataturk airport
-28 killed and 60 wounded, Istanbul governor says
-Police reportedly believe Isil was behind attack
-Officers shot at suspects in international arrivals hall
-Fourth suicide bombing in Turkey this year
-Third busiest airport in Europe, high security location

“I grabbed my family and ran”
Many who landed as the explosion happened are now leaving airport, reports Zia Weise – several in tears. Police are organising buses for people.

Jim Hyong Lee was about to return to South Korea with his two children and wife.

He told The Telegraph:

“We heard gunshots when we were checking in.

“I grabbed my family an ran.

“Someone waved us into the prayer room and hid us there until the police came.”

Attack on two year anniversary of Isil “caliphate”
Two years ago today Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-styled Isil leader, declared the creation of a “caliphate” – Islamist rule on all lands controlled by his fighters.

Some are speculating that the timing of today’s attack was intended to mark the anniversary.

Here’s how The Telegraph reported it at the time.

In a recorded audio statement, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham’s spokesman, Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, said the new caliphate ran from Aleppo to Diyala province, north-east of Baghdad, and was expanding every day.

The time has come for the Ummah [nation] of Mohammed (peace be upon him) to wake up from its sleep, remove the garments of dishonour, and shake off the dust of humiliation and disgrace,” he says.

“For the era of lamenting and moaning has gone, and the dawn of honour has emerged anew.

“The sun of jihad has risen. The glad tidings of good are shining. Triumph looms on the horizon. The signs of victory have appeared.”

He spoke in Arabic but written versions were published online in English and other languages.

Relatives wait for news

Police believe Isil is behind attack
Police sources cited in Turkish media say they believe the attackers were affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). The methods behind the attack and the fact that tourists may have been targeted led to initial speculation that Isil was involved, and the initial investigation apparently bears that out, though nothing is confirmed at this time.

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Ambulances arrive at Istanbul Ataturk CREDIT: OSMAN ORSAL/ REUTERS

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