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  Turkish PM says first signs in Istanbul attack point to ISIS

Turkish PM says first signs in Istanbul attack point to ISIS

PTI
Published : Jun 29, 2016, 10:54 am IST
Updated : Jun 29, 2016, 10:54 am IST

The premier added that there were 'many injured', without giving a figure.

Three suicide bombers opened fire at passengers with automatic rifles before blowing themselves up, Yildirim said. (Photo: AP)
 Three suicide bombers opened fire at passengers with automatic rifles before blowing themselves up, Yildirim said. (Photo: AP)

The premier added that there were 'many injured', without giving a figure.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that early signs suggested the Islamic State group was behind a triple suicide bombing at Istanbul airport, as he announced the death toll in the attack had risen to 36.

"According to the most recent information, 36 people have lost their lives," Yildirim told journalists at the scene of the attack, adding that "the evidence points to Daesh", using another name for IS.

Read: Istanbul airport blast: 36 killed, 147 injured in suspected ISIS attack

The premier added that there were "many injured", without giving a figure.

Three suicide bombers opened fire at passengers with automatic rifles before blowing themselves up, Yildirim said. He did not identify the bombers or give their nationality.

Read: Barack Obama, UN chief Ban ki-Moon condemn Turkey terror attack The prime minister added that the attackers had arrived at the airport by taxi. He ruled out any security failings at Ataturk, one of Europe's busiest air hubs.

Air traffic will resume at the airport from 3:00 am local time, Yildirim said.

Location: Turkey, Istanbul