Turkish police arrest 13 in connection to Istanbul airport suicide bombings

ISTANBUL, Turkey, June 30 (UPI) — Turkish police arrested 13 people in connection to the attack on Istanbul Ataturk Airport that left at least 42 dead and hundreds injured.

Police, in 16 raids across Istanbul, detained the suspects Thursday, which included foreign nationals. The police department’s anti-terror branch is continuing its search for three other suspects in Turkey’s most populated city.

Officials have blamed the terror group Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh, for the Tuesday attack on the airport that left some 239 injured, but there has been no official confirmation from the group. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the investigation is ongoing.

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CIA Director John Brennan on Wednesday said the attack, “certainly bears the hallmarks of ISIL’s depravity.”

There has also been speculation the Kurdish Freedom Falcons, or TAK, an offshoot of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party, or PKK, is behind the attack. TAK claimed responsibility for other attacks in Turkey, including one on June 7 that killed seven police officers and four civilians in Istanbul.

Istanbul Ataturk Airport, Europe’s third busiest airport with 61.8 million passengers annually, reopened Wednesday following the attack by three suicide bombers. Officials said two of the attackers targeted the international terminal and the other a parking lot.

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