Flights sus­pended af­ter Is­tan­bul air­port IS raid

Book­ings were re­funded or changed, Turk­ish Air­lines said

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

REUTERS/ Turk­ish Air­lines sus­pended its flights un­til 8am yes­ter­day, the com­pany said in a state­ment, af­ter sus­pected Is­lamic State bombers killed 41 peo­ple at Is­tan­bul air­port late on Tues­day.

The flag car­rier said in an­other state­ment any book­ings on flights to or from Is­tan­bul Ataturk air­port be­tween June 28 and July 5 would be changed or re­funded with­out any cost, pro­vided the pas­sen­ger re­quests this by July 31. One Ukrainian and one Ira­nian cit­i­zen were among the 41 killed by three suicide bombers in an at­tack at Is­tan­bul’s main in­ter­na­tional air­port, of­fi­cials from the two coun­tries said.

Around 239 peo­ple were wounded in the at­tack and Saudi me­dia re­ported that among those hurt were seven Saudis, who were in good con­di­tion. Iran said it sus­pended all flights to Is­tan­bul’s main in­ter­na­tional air­port af­ter it was at­tacked. All three suicide bombers opened fire be­fore blow­ing them­selves up, ac­cord­ing to ini­tial find­ings, Turk­ish Prime Min­is­ter Bi­nali Yildirim said. Yildirim also told re- porters at the air­port there were likely to be for­eign­ers among the 41 killed.

The White House con­demned “in the strong­est pos­si­ble terms” the at­tack on the Is­tan­bul air­port and said the United States re­mains stead­fast in its sup­port for Turkey. US Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hil­lary Clin­ton said the at­tack on an Is­tan­bul air­port is a re­minder the US “can­not re­treat”.

“To­day’s at­tack in Is­tan­bul strength­ens our re­solve to de­feat the forces of ter­ror­ism and rad­i­cal ji­hadism,” she said.


Peo­ple walk away from Is­tan­bul Ataturk air­port, Turkey, on Tues­day/

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