06/29/2016, 14.20
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Islamic State suspected in Istanbul airport attack

At least 36 people are dead and 140 wounded. Attackers began shooting before blowing themselves up at the terminal. Critics point to poor security measures.

Istanbul (AsiaNews/Agencies) – A suicide bombing and gun attack at Istanbul's Ataturk airport has killed at least 36 people, including foreigners, and wounded more than 140 others.

Yesterday, at around 10 pm (local time), three attackers began shooting at the terminal’s entrance before blowing themselves up.

For Prime Minister Binali Yidirim, evidence so far points to the Islamic State (IS) group, towards which Turkey has had an ambiguous attitude, favouring it sometimes, cracking down at other times.

Istanbul airport is one of the busiest in the Middle East with more than 61 million passengers. According to some travellers however, its security standards tend to be loose.

Turkey has been hit by at least five attacks blamed on IS Jihadis, including a blast in Ankara in October last year that killed more than 100 people.

In recent months, Istanbul has been hit by a series of attacks attributed to IS or Kurdish militants.

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