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كيف نفّذ مهاجمو مطار إسطنبول عمليتهم

رئيس التحرير
2018.08.16 13:48

رغم التشديدات الأمنية

 
 

بعد 3 أشهر من تفجير مطار بروكسل اتّضح من هجومهم على مطار إسطنبول الدولي أن للإرهابيين قدرة زئبقية على اختراق الحواجز الأمنية أمامهم وأنهم على درجة عالية من التخطيط والرشاقة في التنفيذ قد تشكّل تحدياً جدياً لمطارات الولايات المتحدة.

خبراء كثيرون يجمعون أن فاجعة مطار إسطنبول لا ريب تحمل توقيع تنظيم "الدولة الإسلامية" (داعش) وبصماتها، ومع ذلك اندهش هؤلاء من درجة الإتقان والتمرّس في تنفيذ هذا الهجوم، بحسب تقرير نشرته صحيفة دايلي بيست الأميركية، الأربعاء 29 يونيو/حزيران 2016.

فالتنفيذ تمّ بطريقة تشي بأن المنفذين على درجة متقدمة من التخابر والاستطلاع الدقيق لدراسة الهدف مع التنفيذ برباطة جأش وبرود لا يجيده عادةً سوى متمرسي القوات الخاصة الغربية.

الهجوم تم على 3 مراحل. البداية كانت من هجوم في موقف سيارات بالقرب من مبنى القادمين من الرحلات الدولية، وذلك بهدف تشتيت انتباه أفراد الأمن واسترعاء انتباههم إلى خارج المبنى بدلاً من داخله.

من الواضح أن منفّذي الهجوم كانوا على علمٍ بأن تدابير المطار الأمنية في ذلك المبنى قد شدّدت مؤخراً في أعقاب اعتداء بروكسل الذي دبّره منفذوه مرتكزين على نقطة واحدة هي أنه في أغلب المطارات لا تكون هناك أية حواجز أمنية قبل الوصول إلى مكاتب تسجيل وصول المغادرين ووزن الأمتعة.

أما في مطار إسطنبول فإن كل من يدخل مبنى القادمين يجد أمامه حواجز التفتيش والتحقق من هوية الداخلين بالمرصاد على باب المبنى، وبهذا كان لا بد من تشتيت انتباه الحرس والعناصر الأمنية بحيلة ما، وهذا كان دور حادثة موقف السيارات التي نجحت في إلهاء الشرطة وسلطات المطار الأمنية بعيداً عن خط دفاع المطار الأول، ما ترك عشرات الناس المصطفين أمام نقطة الدخول الأمنية حيث سيارات الأجرة ووصول الزوار بلا حماية أو رقابة.

 

المرحلة الثانية

 

وهنا كان دور المرحلة الثانية من الاعتداء وهجومه الثاني الذي خلّف إصابات كبيرة، فالتفجير كان على قوة حطّمت الأبواب والطوق الأمني، ما سهّل على المهاجم الثالث التسلّل إلى داخل المبنى. ففي مقطع فيديو مصوّر سجلته كاميرا أمن المطار ظهر هذا المهاجم الثالث مرتدياً حزاماً ناسفاً وقد اشتبك مع عنصر حراسة أمنية طرحه أرضاً، ويتضح من الفيديو أن حارس الأمن فارق الحياة أثناء الاشتباك الذي حاول فيه منع المهاجم من تفجير حزامه الناسف، في عمل بطولي باسل.

ومع أن السلطات التركية وسّعت نطاق دفاعات المطار الأمنية لتشمل تعزيزها في منطقة تسمى دفاعات الجانب الأرضي من المطار (والتي يقابلها دفاعات الجانب الجوي منه، تلك التي تضم بوابات المسافرين والطائرات)، إلا أن مجلس المطارات الأوروبية ACI ( وهو رأس مطارات أوروبا والهيئة المنوطة باستشاراتها الأمنية) لم يُبدِ حراكاً أو انزعاجاً أو قلقاً، بل سلّم بالأمر الواقع بعد اعتداء بروكسل.

فقد قال "إن تبني تدابير أمنية إضافية كالحواجز الأمنية للتحقق من الهويات والأمتعة الداخلة إلى الجانب الأرضي من المطارات قد يكون من شأنه تشتيت انتباه الأمن بل وحتى خلق نقاط ضعف أمنية جديدة،" وأضافوا كذلك أن في هذه التدابير الأمنية الإضافية "تحويلاً لوجهة الهدف" لا حماية له، كما صرحوا أيضاً بتصريح كشف مصدر قلقهم الأكبر الذي هو أن أي تغييرات في تدابير الأمن ستكون تكلفتها المالية كبيرة.

في كل أوروبا (عدا ألمانيا) سلطات المطارات مسؤولة بنفسها عن تمويل أمنها الذاتي، في حين أنه في الولايات المتحدة فإن إدارة أمن النقل TSA هي المسؤولة عن أمن كل المطارات بصفتها التابعة لوزارة الأمن القومي.

إن الولايات المتحدة هي التي ينبغي عليها أن تقلق وتتجدد مخاوفها حول نقاط الضعف الأمنية في كل من مناطق المغادرين والواصلين في المطارات. ومع وجود دفاعات غير مرئية مثل كاميرات المراقبة التي لا تغيب عنها أعين الحراسة لحظة، فضلاً عن دفاعات مرئية أخرى عشوائية كرجال الأمن المسلحين وكلاب الحراسة المدربة، إلا أن خط الدفاع الأول دوماً وأبداً يبقى بعد مكاتب تسجيل وصول المغادرين ووزن أمتعتهم، لا قبله.

وليس أمن الجانب الجوي من المطارات الأميركية أفضل حالاً، فقد رصدت داخله عدة حالات وحوادث على مر السنوات أثارت القلق حول درجة استحكامه وسيطرته الأمنية؛ ففي حادثة شهيرة تمكّنت عصابة إجرامية من تهريب أسلحة ومسدسات من أطلنطا إلى نيويورك، وكذلك وجد أن تفتيش الطاقم المسؤول عن رقابة الأمتعة والطائرات لم يكن على درجة كافية من التشديد، بل اتّسم بالتراخي والتساهل.

ثم إن تشديد حراسة محيط الجانب الأرضي من المطارات يثير تساؤلاتٍ حول المدى الذي نستمرّ فيه بتوسيع رقعة الطوق الأمني إلى خارج المطار. فلو أردنا أن نتمكّن بنجاح من إيقاف المهاجمين قبل وصولهم إلى مباني المطار، يعني هذا أن علينا فرض وإقامة نقاط وحواجزأمنية جديدة ناهيك عن مراقبة الشوارع والطرقات المؤدية إلى المطار؛ وهذا كله سيؤدي إلى اختناقات مرورية وازدحامٍ سيغري الإرهابيين أكثر باستهدافه وضربه.

لعل الحقيقة المؤكدة دائماً أن الوقت يكون قد تأخّر أصلاً لإيقاف الإرهابيين ومنع الهجوم في حال وصلوا إلى المطار حتى لو تمكنا من التدخل وعرقلة خطتهم شيئاً ما. إن أفضل خط دفاعي أخير هو الاستخبارات التي ترصد الهجوم وتحبطه قبل أن يتمكن المهاجمون من تنفيذه.

تبقى رحلات الطيران المدنية الهدف الأسهل واللقمة السائغة لداعش لتحقيق مآربها، ففي هذا العام يبدو أن تركيزهم قد انصب أكثر من ذي قبل على استهداف المطارات بدلاً من الطائرات نفسها نظراً لسهولة استهدافها. باستهداف المطارات تحقق داعش أهدافاً قصيرة الأمد لكن ضخمة في انتشار دعايتها وبث الذعر فضلاً عن إلحاق ضرر طويل الأمد باقتصاد قطاع السياحة وحرية التنقل.

إن تفجير إسطنبول يظهر لنا أننا مهما ألحقنا الهزائم بداعش على أرض المعركة في العراق وسوريا، يبقى الأخطبوط الإرهابي مصمماً على جس نقاط الضعف في الغرب واستهدافها أينما وجدت.

-هذا الموضوع مترجم بتصرف عن صحيفة The Daily Beast الأميركية.

Laurence Cameron had only just landed as the three suicide bombers went on their deadly rampage through Ataturk Airport last night, shooting anyone who got in their way, before detonating their deadly loads and engulfing the terminal in the flames. The moment he walked in, the cameraman was confronted with a wall of terror as people fled for their lives (centre). Speaking to MailOnline, he described the debris-covered, blood-smeared floors following the deadly assault. The names of the victims have begun to be announced, including Yeni Ise Girmisti, left, and married couple Mahmoud and Zeynep Çizmeciolu (top right).

A survivor has told of the chaos, panic and fear inside the blood-smeared terminal following the co-ordinated attack on Istanbul airport, as tributes begin to pour in for the 41 victims of the deadly assault.

Laurence Cameron had only just landed as the three suicide bombers went on their deadly rampage through Ataturk Airport last night, shooting anyone who got in their way, before detonating their deadly loads and engulfing the terminal in the flames.

By the time he stepped into the terminal, those who had escaped their bombs and bullets were fleeing for their lives.

‘It must have been just as we touched down,’ he told MailOnline. ‘I did not even hear the explosions, but as I walked out and round the corner, the whole building was running screaming towards me.

‘It was just mass panic, guards running around with guns.’

Mr Cameron was still unaware then of exactly what had taken place in the airport - the third largest in Europe. In the hours that followed, the true scale of what happened in those hallways began to emerge. The number of deaths now stands at 41, but is still expected to rise.

Among those who lost their lives were 23 Turkish citizens, including a hero customs officer who desperately tried to stop the attackers, a newly-wed father and a young graduate, who had only just started her new job.

Laurence Cameron has described how he was confronted with a mass of people running for their lives as he entered the terminal building, unaware of the horror 

 

Laurence Cameron has described how he was confronted with a mass of people running for their lives as he entered the terminal building, unaware of the horror 

At least 41 innocent people lost their lives in the attack, including Mahmoud Çizmecioğlu and his wife Zeynep Çizmecioğlu, pictured

At least 41 innocent people lost their lives in the attack, including Mahmoud Çizmecioğlu and his wife Zeynep Çizmecioğlu, pictured

Göksel Kurnaz (pictured left) and Yeni Ise Girmisti (right) were also named among the dead. Some 23 Turkish nationals are understood to have lost their lives

Gülşen Bahadır, an airline employee who is understood to have been shot, wrote on her Facebook a week before, not war, I insist, love

Gülşen Bahadır, an airline employee who is understood to have been shot, wrote on her Facebook a week before, not war, I insist, love

Today, a friend wrote on Miss Bahadirs (left) Facebook page, Rest in heaven with a beautiful human.... Fellow airport employee Umut Sakaroğlu  (right) has been credited with saving lives after trying to stop the terrorists before they detonated their bombs

Taxi driver Mustafa Bayrakli, 51, and Çöl Kontuar, who worked at the airport as a desks officer

Footage appears to show the moment one of the three bombs was detonated in the devastating suicide attack at Turkeys Ataturk airport

Footage appears to show the moment one of the three bombs was detonated in the devastating suicide attack at Turkeys Ataturk airport

One of the three terrorists that struck at Turkeys Ataturk Airport wields an AK-47 as he conducts his killing spree
A man carries a wounded boy away from the devastated airport tonight after the  explosions, after suicide bombers launched an attack

One of the three terrorists that struck at Turkeys Ataturk Airport wields an AK-47 as he carries out his killing spree (left), while a man carries a wounded boy away from the airport (right)

People who had just arrived at the airport in Istanbul after the blasts were pictured running as they tried to flee the scene 

People who had just arrived at the airport in Istanbul after the blasts were pictured running as they tried to flee the scene 

Passengers arriving at the airport after stepping off flights were greeted with chaotic scenes after the attacks 

Passengers arriving at the airport after stepping off flights were greeted with chaotic scenes after the attacks 

Bodies lie on the pavement outside Istanbuls international airport after explosions and gunfire shook the terminal

Bodies lie on the pavement outside Istanbuls international airport after explosions and gunfire shook the terminal

Turkish security agencies and emergency services gathered outside Ataturk airport after it was hit by a suicide bomb attack

Turkish security agencies and emergency services gathered outside Ataturk airport after it was hit by a suicide bomb attack

Relatives of those who were caught up in the bombings at Ataturk airport wait outside the Bakirkoy Sadi Konuk Hospital for news on their loved ones 

Relatives of those who were caught up in the bombings at Ataturk airport wait outside the Bakirkoy Sadi Konuk Hospital for news on their loved ones 

While emergency workers tried to save who they could, behind the devastated terminal halls, passengers like Mr Cameron were trapped. 

The only way to leave the building was to go through the very place where the bombs had been detonated less than an hour before.

‘There was blood on the floor. It was just horrendous. Debris everywhere. A lot of the ceiling panels had fallen down, smashed all over the floor.

‘Coming out to the taxi rank, it was just full of ambulances. Blood was smeared all up to the car park.

‘People were in tears, especially people with families. They were quite clearly traumatised. There was a lot of uncertainty, no one really knew what was going on. Were we safe where we were?’

He added: ‘There is nowhere to go but out through passport control [if you are in an airport terminal]. It’s not nice – it should be safe, but at that moment it was not.’

 

A number of people had only come to the airport to meet their loved ones, including Göksel Kurnaz, 38, who was picking up his boss from the airport.

Joseph Haznedaroğlu had only married 10 days before: pictures have emerged of his wedding, with Mr Haznedaroğlu beaming next to his beautiful new bride.

Yeni Ise Girmisti had just started a new job, while Gülşen Bahadır, a TGS Yer employee who is understood to have been shot, wrote on her Facebook a week before, I accept, I love and thank you, everything in my life.

Today, a friend wrote on her Facebook page: Rest in heaven with a beautiful human...

Stories of unbelievable bravery were also emerging on Wednesday. 

Customs officer Umut Sakaroğlu has been hailed as a hero for his actions. He was standing guard as a terrorist tried to go through the first set of security.

Realising the danger people were in, it appears Sakaroğlu shot at the suicide bomber, who then detonated his belt, killing the customs officer.

However, his colleagues say had he not acted, many more people would have been killed. 

The daughter of Siddik Turgan, who was killed on Tuesday, reacts as her fathers coffin is carried nearby during his funeral ceremony

The daughter of Siddik Turgan, who was killed on Tuesday, reacts as her fathers coffin is carried nearby during his funeral ceremony

Dozens of relatives carried Mr Turgans coffin, draped in a Turkish flag, to the service on Wednesday afternoon

Dozens of relatives carried Mr Turgans coffin, draped in a Turkish flag, to the service on Wednesday afternoon

Airport taxi drivers pray during the funeral ceremony of their colleague Mustafa Biyikli, 51. His daughter told reporters earlier in the day that there was no justice... on this holy day

Airport taxi drivers pray during the funeral ceremony of their colleague Mustafa Biyikli, 51. His daughter told reporters earlier in the day that there was no justice... on this holy day

Another mother of one of the victims is comforted after learning the fate of one of her children after suicide bombers opened fire before blowing themselves up 

Another mother of one of the victims is comforted after learning the fate of one of her children after suicide bombers opened fire before blowing themselves up 

A mother who lost one of her children in the attack has to be helped from the ground outside a forensic medicine building close to Istanbul Airport 

A mother who lost one of her children in the attack has to be helped from the ground outside a forensic medicine building close to Istanbul Airport 

The explosion came very close to areas where passengers are waiting for people, a source told Hurriyet.

Unfortunately, at that moment Sakaroğl was martyred. But if not for that intervention, there would be more casualties.

Friends and family were coming to terms with the death of Serkan Turk, a 24-year-old physical education graduate who had gone to the airport to meet his mother.

He was killed by the second blast, after he went to try and help those injured by the first. 

The first funerals were conducted on Wednesday, buried within 24 hours in accordance with Muslim belief. 

The coffin of customs officer Siddik Turgan was carried to the service by dozens of family members, while his distraught daughter watched on, reaching out to her fathers coffin.

The airport taxi drivers also gathered for the funeral of fellow driver Mustafa Bayrakli, 51, another of the victims.

Waiting to collect her fathers body earlier today, Oznur Buzakci wept as she told Hurriyet: I can’t find anything to say. Many people are hurt. On this holy day, they hurt everybody. There is no justicDesperate passengers embrace as they gather in shock outside the terminal after the airport was evacuated and all flights were grounded

Desperate passengers embrace as they gather in shock outside the terminal after the airport was evacuated and all flights were grounded

A wounded girl is carried on a stretcher into the Bakirkoy Sadi Konuk Hospital after being injured in the blasts at Ataturk Airport 

A wounded girl is carried on a stretcher into the Bakirkoy Sadi Konuk Hospital after being injured in the blasts at Ataturk Airport 

An aerial view of the airport shows where the suicide bombers are believed to have detonated their explosives, close to the entrance to the international arrivals terminal

An aerial view of the airport shows where the suicide bombers are believed to have detonated their explosives, close to the entrance to the international arrivals terminal

An AK-47 can be seen lying abandoned on the floor, after three suicide bombers set off blasts at the airport as police returned fire

An AK-47 can be seen lying abandoned on the floor, after three suicide bombers set off blasts at the airport as police returned fire

Paramedics and special forces officers at the scene help the more than 140 wounded at the airport. At least 41 others were killed

Paramedics and special forces officers at the scene help the more than 140 wounded at the airport. At least 41 others were killed

Ceiling tiles scattered over the ground outside the international arrivals terminal, which was hit by three suicide blasts on Tuesday night

Ceiling tiles scattered over the ground outside the international arrivals terminal, which was hit by three suicide blasts on Tuesday night

Police investigators begin to search the area where the explosions went off, at the international airport in Istanbul, shortly before 10pm local time - 7.50pm GMT

Police investigators begin to search the area where the explosions went off, at the international airport in Istanbul, shortly before 10pm local time - 7.50pm GMT

Crime scene investigators work next to a body after a suicide bomb attack killed dozens of people at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey

Crime scene investigators work next to a body after a suicide bomb attack killed dozens of people at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey

Two South African tourists, Paul and Susie Roos from Cape Town, were also at the airport and due to fly home at the time of the explosions and were making their way up to the departure hall, a floor above arrivals.

We came up from the arrivals to the departures, up the escalator when we heard these shots going off, Mr Roos told news agencies.

There was this guy going roaming around, he was dressed in black and he had a hand gun.

He added: We came right to international departures and saw the man randomly shooting. He was just firing at anyone coming in front of him. His face was not masked. I was 50 metres away from him.

We ducked behind a counter but I stood up and watched him. Two explosions went off shortly after one another. By that time he had stopped shooting.

He turned around and started coming towards us. He was holding his gun inside his jacket. He looked around anxiously to see if anyone was going to stop him and then went down the escalator. We heard some more gunfire and then another explosion, and then it was over.

Another witness, Ali Tekin, who was at the arrivals hall when the attack took place, said: There was a huge explosion, extremely loud. The roof came down. Inside the airport it is terrible, you cant recognise it, the damage is big.

A German woman named Duygu, who was at passport control entering Turkey, said she threw herself onto the floor when she heard the sound of the explosion. Several witnesses also reported hearing gunfire shortly before the attacks.

Coffins of the dead are loaded on to the back of a hearse to be taken away from a forensic building close to the airport in Istanbul 

Coffins of the dead are loaded on to the back of a hearse to be taken away from a forensic building close to the airport in Istanbul 

The clean-up operation begins at Ataturk airport with as shattered glass and debris lies on the pavement around the terminal building 

The clean-up operation begins at Ataturk airport with as shattered glass and debris lies on the pavement around the terminal building 

As the airport began to re-open this morning, sniffer dogs looking for explosives patrolled the front of the terminal building 

As the airport began to re-open this morning, sniffer dogs looking for explosives patrolled the front of the terminal building 

A flight attendant reports for work at Ataturk Airport this morning, just hours after up to 50 people were killed in an attack by three suicide bombers

A flight attendant reports for work at Ataturk Airport this morning, just hours after up to 50 people were killed in an attack by three suicide bombers

A member of the security services puts a cordon in place where one of the suicide bombers blew himself up as the airport returns to normal

A member of the security services puts a cordon in place where one of the suicide bombers blew himself up as the airport returns to normal

A Turkish anti riot police officer and an employee of a private security company check a passengers entering the Ataturk airport international arrival terminal this morning 

A Turkish anti riot police officer and an employee of a private security company check a passengers entering the Ataturk airport international arrival terminal this morning 

A worker repairs the damage to a ceiling which had been blown up when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives at the door to the arrivals terminal 

A worker repairs the damage to a ceiling which had been blown up when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives at the door to the arrivals terminal 

Despite flights being stopped at the airport yesterday evening, they started operating again this morning. Pictured are Turkish Airlines flights at the gates 

Despite flights being stopped at the airport yesterday evening, they started operating again this morning. Pictured are Turkish Airlines flights at the gates 

Everyone started running away. Everywhere was covered with blood and body parts. I saw bullet holes on the doors, she said outside the airport.

Another witness, Otfah Mohamed Abdullah, told AFP: Somebody came and shot at us and then my sister was running. I dont know which way she was running and after that I was falling down. I was on the ground till he finished... I cant find my sister.

Roads around the airport were sealed off for regular traffic after the attack and several ambulances could be seen driving back and forth. Hundreds of passengers were flooding out of the airport and others were sitting on the grass.

Hevin Zini, 12, had just arrived from Duesseldorf, Germany, with her family and was in tears from the shock.

There was blood on the ground, she told The Associated Press. Everything was blown up to bits... if we had arrived two minutes earlier, it could have been us.

South African Judy Favish, who spent two days in Istanbul as a layover on her way home from Dublin, had just checked in when she heard an explosion followed by gunfire and a loud bang.

She says she hid under the counter for some time.

Ms Favish says passengers were ushered to a cafeteria at the basement level where they were kept for more than an hour before being allowed outside.

Meanwhile, a BBC radio presenter has spoken of her relief after she received a call from her daughter who had been at the airport, that she was safe.

Sophie Mackentyre, 19, daughter of Stephanie Mackentyre, had been at Ataturk airport en route to South Korea.

Mrs Mackentyre from Felixstowe told the BBC: Thankfully I finally managed to get hold of her and she was on the plane, but no idea why they were being held.

So I gave her some brief details. I didnt want to scare her, she was there with two friends, and it transpired they were on the plane for five hours.

They got off at 00:30 last night, and were allowed into the airport building.

Duncan Ross, from Troon, Scotland was meeting friends at Ataturk Airport when there were three explosions.

Mr Ross, a teacher, who was celebrating his 23rd birthday at the time of the disaster, said: I was at the airport. I was knocked over by the second blast.

I saw the second guy shooting. I saw it all.

Never in my life have I been so terrified but thankfully Im okay.

Elsewhere, eyewitnesses have also described the moment a hero policeman shot down one of the suicide bombers before he was able to detonate his explosives, giving holidaymakers a chance to escape and saving countless lives.

Ambulances rush to the airport after the blasts on Tuesday night, in which 239 people - including foreigners - were injured

Ambulances rush to the airport after the blasts on Tuesday night, in which 239 people - including foreigners - were injured

Police officers and ambulance crews outside the international arrivals terminal, which was struck in what officials say was a terror attack

Police officers and ambulance crews outside the international arrivals terminal, which was struck in what officials say was a terror attack

The police officer then approaches the gunman before realising he is about to detonate his suicide vest and running for his life.

Moments later, as the gunman writhes in pain on the floor, he detonates his bomb and the screen goes blank.

It is believed the gunmen arrived at the airport in a taxi and were trying to pass through the security x-ray machines at the entrance when they were stopped by security officers and carried out their lethal attack - unleashing a spray of bullets against officers.

Two of the attackers detonated their explosives at the terminal entrance after being fired upon by police, while the third blew himself up in the car park, according to a Turkish official.

Turkish Airlines is the official airline partner to the Euro 2016 football tournament, being held in France and 2.5million British holidaymakers head to the country each year. 

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said all initial indications point to ISIS as having carried out the attack, however there has yet been no official claim of responsibility. At least one of the attackers is reported to have been a foreign national.

When asked whether a fourth attacker might have escaped, Mr Yildirim said authorities have no such assessment but are considering every possibility.

And although ISIS has not yet claimed responsibility for the attack, it is believed supporters of the terror group have been praising the explosions online.

According to Breitbart Jerusalem, ISIS supporters using an encrypted forum said they believed the attacks were retaliations against Turkey.

They reported a Moroccan jihadi as saying: Friends, Turkey has become a member of the axis of infidel countries fighting and showing hostility against us.

They kill our brothers on a daily basis by launching airstrikes on our country, and the blessed bombings that we hope our brothers are responsible for is a natural reaction and only a small part of the price Turkey has to pay for its policy against our brothers.

Earlier, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag confirmed that the airport had been attacked at 7.50pm GMT - 9.50pm local time. Following his comments the number of terrorists believed to have been involved in the attack rose to three. 

A terrorist at the international terminal entrance first opened fire with a Kalashnikov and then blew himself up, he said, speaking to parliament in the countrys capital of Ankara. 

Turkish airports have security checks at both at the entrance of terminal buildings and then later before entry to departure gates. 

Nevertheless the airport - the third busiest in Europe - has long been seen as a vulnerable target, according to the BBC.

Around 30 ambulances arrived at the scene to rush the dozens of people wounded in the series of three suicide explosions to hospital

Around 30 ambulances arrived at the scene to rush the dozens of people wounded in the series of three suicide explosions to hospital

Photographs from the scene of the attack show devastation, as paramedics rush the wounded to hospital and forensic officers start work

Photographs from the scene of the attack show devastation, as paramedics rush the wounded to hospital and forensic officers start work

Shocked crowds of bystanders and holidaymakers mix with emergency services crews outside the terminal where the attackers struck

Shocked crowds of bystanders and holidaymakers mix with emergency services crews outside the terminal where the attackers struck

Ambulance crews ferry the wounded away from the terminal. The wounded are believed to include a number of police officers and security personnel, as well as foreigners

Ambulance crews ferry the wounded away from the terminal. The wounded are believed to include a number of police officers and security personnel, as well as foreigners

While there are x-ray scanners at the entrance, security checks for cars are limited which left the airport exposed to what is being called a major, co-ordinated attack.   

BBC correspondent Mark Lowen, speaking from a grounded plane on the Ataturk runway on Tuesday night, said: We are being kept on board the plane and not being allowed to disembark because of whats happening inside the airport. 

We are not being told when we will be allowed to leave the aircraft, of course.

I have lived here for two years and often thought coming into this airport it is a potentially vulnerable place and an attack could take place here because cars are not searched very often coming into the airport area.

That said, as you come into the terminal building there are x-ray machines and scanners. 

The first photographs to emerge from the airport showed a scene of devastation, with debris and what appear to be ceiling tiles scattered over the taxis queuing outside the airport.  

One photograph from the scene shows an AK-47 lying abandoned on the floor of the airport following the attack. Among those who died were five Saudis, two Iraqis, one Tunisian, an Uzbek, a Chinese, an Iranian, a Ukrainian and a Jordanian national.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged an international joint fight against terror after the attack, the fourth deadly bombing in Istanbul this year alone. 

Turkish special forces members secure the area after a suicide bomb attack at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul. Officials said that all early indications point to ISIS as having carried out the attack

Turkish special forces members secure the area after a suicide bomb attack at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul. Officials said that all early indications point to ISIS as having carried out the attack

Turkish police officers stand outside Istanbuls Ataturk airport, where scores of people have been injured or have died in a major and co-ordinated attack

Turkish police officers stand outside Istanbuls Ataturk airport, where scores of people have been injured or have died in a major and co-ordinated attack

Forensic officers enter the terminal where three suicide bombers earlier opened fire and detonated suicide vests at Ataturk airport

Forensic officers enter the terminal where three suicide bombers earlier opened fire and detonated suicide vests at Ataturk airport

Turkish security officers in armoured vehicles gathered outside the airport as the site was searched for further explosives

Turkish security officers in armoured vehicles gathered outside the airport as the site was searched for further explosives

Evacuated passengers stand with trolleys packed with luggage outside the airport after fleeing for their lives

Evacuated passengers stand with trolleys packed with luggage outside the airport after fleeing for their lives

He said: For terrorist groups, there is no difference between İstanbul and London, Ankara and Berlin, İzmir and Chicago or Antalya and Rome. 

If all countries, all humanity will not join their forces, every terrifying things in our minds will happen one by one. I hope this Atatürk Airport bombings will be a milestone, a turning point of the battle against terrorist groups around the world.

If states, as all humanity, fail to join forces and wage a joint fight against terrorist organisations, all the possibilities that we dread in our minds will come true one by one.

He added: The attack, which took place during the holy month of Ramadan, shows that terrorism strikes with no regard for faith and values.  

Prime Minister David Cameron described the terrorist attack as hideous. 

Mr Cameron, in Brussels for what is likely to be his final EU summit meeting with fellow leaders, said the UK would continue to work with the other countries after Brexit on keeping our countries safe, keeping our people safe - and its particularly important to say that tonight again when there has been another hideous terrorist attack in Turkey. 

Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said he was shocked by the attack in Istanbul adding: Thoughts are with those affected. We stand ready to help. 

U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump said the threat of terrorism has never been greater. 

We must take steps now to protect America from terrorists, and do everything in our power to improve our security to keep America safe, he said in a statement.

His rival Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, added that all Americans stand united with the people of Turkey against this campaign of hatred and violence. 

Forensic officers work outside the airport terminal where three terrorists detonated explosive vests after opening fire with Kalashnikovs

Forensic officers work outside the airport terminal where three terrorists detonated explosive vests after opening fire with

 

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