Turkish PM says 'Attackers could not pass security checks'

At least 41 people killed in terror attack at Ataturk International Airport Tuesday

Turkish PM says 'Attackers could not pass security checks'

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Istanbul assailants could not pass the security checks at the entrance of the airport, the Turkish prime minister said on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Istanbul Ataturk Airport was the scene of a major extrem attack, in which 41 people were killed and 239 were wounded by three assailants armed with automatic assault rifles and explosive vests.

”The assailants opened fire on security personnel at the entrance after they could not pass the checks,” Binali Yildirim told reporters in the capital Ankara.

“One of them blew himself up outside, while the other two took advantage of the panic during gunfire to enter, and blew themselves up inside,” Yildirim said.

The prime minister added that the attack has shown officials the need to enhance security at airports, especially against potential armed attacks.

Meanwhile, Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala, also in Ankara, said that all information and evidence collected shows that the ISIL extremist organization was responsible for the attack.

“But, the case has yet to be finalized,” Ala added.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Haziran 2016, 11:46