The attack on the Atatürk International Airport in Istanbul caused 44 deaths, 19 of whom are non-Turkish citizens, and injured 239 people, according to the latest statements from Interior Minister Efkan Wing, numbers that don’t include the three suicide bombers.
The three attackers all arrived from Central Asia: a Russian citizen originally from Dagestan, one from Uzbekistan and another from Kyrgyzstan. The terrorists came to the airport by taxi and arrived at the control terminal wearing jackets. It being June and hot, the security agents were suspicious. Probably for this reason the first shots were fired at the entrance to the arrivals hall.
Investigators are working on the assumption this was an Islamic State attack. Turkish police Thursday morning conducted a vast anti-terrorist operation in Istanbul in the Aegean seaside city of Izmir and in the southeast of the country on the border with Syria. Twenty-two people were detained and suspected of communicating with the self-styled Islamic State. The operation in Istanbul has affected 16 districts, including those of Pendik, Basaksehir and Sultanbeyli, and 13 people were arrested there, including four foreigners. In Izmir, police simultaneously raided buildings in the central districts of the Konak, Buca and Bornova Karabağlar, arresting nine people suspected of belonging ISIS.