Terrorist attack at Ataturk airport

Terrorist attack at Ataturk airport

Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul has resumed its work, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, who arrived at the scene, stated.

"Investigative measures are still underway, but the airport is open and air traffic is back to normal," TASS quoted him as saying.

Previously it was reported that Ataturk Airport may be closed until 20:00. Immediately after the terrorist attack the airport stopped its operation, and many flights were canceled. Those arriving at the airport were redirected to other airports in Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir and other cities. A number of foreign airlines, including Russian "Aeroflot", had to return their liners that were already in the air or canceled upcoming flights.

Right now Istanbul continues to identify the victims and the wounded. It is reported that a Russian citizen was injured during the terrorist attack. He was wounded in the leg. His name, according to preliminary data, is Aleksandr Vladimirovich Lubnin, the Russian Embassy in Turkey reported.

"The wounded Russian citizen said his name was Alexander Lubnin. We talked over the phone. His citizenship was confirmed by the hospital as well, but we have no official information from the Turkish authorities. We were not able to clear the details over the phone as he was being prepared for a surgery," a representative of the embassy told RIA Novosti.

A Ukrainian citizen Larisa Tsepakova died in the terrorist attack. According to preliminary data, she was wounded in the leg and died from loss of blood, channel 112 reports.

Overall, as NTV television channel reports, forensic experts identified 27 of 36 victims of the terrorist attacks, 26 of them are citizens of Turkey, one is a foreigner. There is no official confirmation of this information yet.

Details of the terrorist attack are still being investigated. According to the latest data, the attack was staged by three suicide bombers in different parts of the international terminal.

Daesh terrorist group, banned in Russia, claimed responsibility for this tragedy.

Condolences to families and friends of the victims as well as the Turkish people were expressed by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the chairman of the 70th UN General Assembly Mogens Lyukketoft, the head of the EU diplomacy Federica Mogherini, the White House, the French President Francois Hollande, the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, and the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and other world leaders.

Regular flights between Russia and Turkey will continue, Federal Air Transport Agency reported. There are also no plans to increase security measures at Russian airports.