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Turkey Says ISIS Is Responsible for Ataturk Airport Attack

Mourners carry the the coffin of an Ataturk Airport attack victim on Wednesday in Istanbul.

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The government of Turkey believes ISIS is responsible for Tuesday’s suicide shooting/bombing attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, reports say. CNN writes that the three attackers involved in the incident are believed to have traveled to Turkey from the ISIS “capital” of Raqqa, Syria:

Officials believe the men—identified by another Turkish official and state media as being from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan—entered Turkey about a month ago from Raqqa, along with the suicide vests and bombs used in the attack, the source said.

While ISIS has not yet made any claim of responsibility, the Guardian notes that “analysts and US counter-terrorism officials” including CIA director John Brennan have said “the choice of target and method of the attack” were characteristic of the group’s previous terror operations.

At least 43 people are known to have died as a result of the attack.

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