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November 15, 2018

Kenya outraged by Istanbul terror attack - Amina Mohamed

Forensic experts work outside Turkey's largest airport, Istanbul Ataturk, Turkey, following a blast, June 28, 2016. /REUTERS
Forensic experts work outside Turkey's largest airport, Istanbul Ataturk, Turkey, following a blast, June 28, 2016. /REUTERS

Kenya is "deeply outraged and saddened" by the loss of lives in a terror attack at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport, Foreign Affairs CS Amina Mohammed has said.

Amina said Kenya Kenya shares the grief of the bereaved and wishes those injured quick recovery.

"Kenya strongly condemns this barbaric act of terror which is an affront on our common humanity," she said via Twitter on Wednesday.

Three suicide bombers opened fire then blew themselves at the international airport in Turkey on Tuesday, killing 36 people and wounding close to 150.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the attack appeared to have been an attack by Islamic State militants.

One attacker opened fire in the departures hall with an automatic rifle, sending passengers diving for cover and trying to flee, before all three blew themselves up in or around the arrivals hall a floor below, witnesses and officials said.

Police fired shots to try to stop two of the attackers just before they reached a security checkpoint at the arrivals hall, but they detonated their explosives, a Turkish official said.

More on this: Suspected Islamic State suicide bombers kill 36 at Istanbul airport

Video footage showed one of the attackers inside the terminal building being shot, apparently by a police officer, before falling to the ground as people fled. The attacker then blew himself up around 20 seconds later.

"It's a jigsaw puzzle ... The authorities are going through CCTV footage, witness statements," a Turkish official said.

 

 

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