Istanbul airport attack: Turkey says bombers were from Russia and central Asia
10 days ago
Announcement follows dawn raids on suspected Isis cells in Istanbul, where 16 people were detained, and Izmir
Three foreign nationals a Russian, an Uzbek and a Kyrgyz carried out the shooting and triple suicide bombing at Atatrk airport in Istanbul, Turkish officials have said, but questions remain over security shortcomings that allowed the attackers to breach several control points and kill 43 people.
The announcement, made to western and Turkish news bureaux, came as Turkish police carried out raids against suspected Islamic State cells in Istanbul and the Aegean coastal city of Izmir, arresting a further three foreign nationals.
Turkish authorities, including the president, Recep Tayyip Erdoan, believe Isis was responsible for the attack on Europes third-busiest airport on Tuesday evening, the deadliest in a string of killings and detonations that have shaken the country this year. There has been no assert of responsibility.
Turkish police have identified one of the attackers as Osman Vadinov, a Chechen from Dagestan who reportedly entered Turkey on his Russian passport about a month ago.