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49 Dead in Terror Attack on Istanbul

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49 Dead in Istanbul Terror Attack

Explosions at Airport, Taksim Square, & Park

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     ISTANBUL -- Turkey was hit with a devastating terrorist attack yesterday morning as three explosions ripped through different areas of Istanbul. At 6:05 PM, local time, a bomb went off at the international terminal at Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Exploding at the main hall for check-ins, the bomb killed forty-one travelers including three Americans. Sixty were rushed to the hospital from the airport. Then, just fifteen minutes later, Taksim Square was struck as a bomb detonated in the back of a parked Toyota Camry, killing seven more and hospitalizing dozens. A third explosion occurred at Macka Democracy Park with no casualties but four people sustaining injuries. A fourth potential explosion may have been averted when police were alerted to a suspicious package. Authorities promptly evacuated three downtown blocks so a bombsquad could address and take care of the situation.

 

All flights out of Istanbul were cancelled and planes already airborne were immediately grounded. The NIO (Turkish National Intelligence Organization) has investigated numerous leads and is reporting that progress has been made in discovering the culprits. A source has reported that three pieces of luggage have been seized from the airport and eyewitnesses report there was an NIO raid on an apartment in Istanbul this afternoon. More on this story as information comes in.

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