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Turkey Alleges Airport Attackers Come From Old USSR

Turkish rescue services gather outside Istanbul's Ataturk airport, Tuesday, June 28, 2016. Two explosions have rocked Istanbul's Ataturk airport, killing several people and wounding others, Turkey's justice minister and another official said Tuesday. A Turkish official says two attackers have blown themselves up at the airport after police fired at them. The official said the attackers detonated the explosives at the entrance of the international terminal before entering the x-ray security check. (Ismail Coskun, IHA via AP) TURKEY OUT

BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Sources from Turkey have confirmed that the three suspects responsible for Tuesday’s bloody attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk airport were from parts of the former USSR.

One of the men identified as Osman Vadinov, was said to have crossed into Turkey from the IS stronghold of Raqqa in Syria in 2015. He was also to be a Chechen who have been denied by an unnamed police, according to Russia’s Interfax news agency reports.

Another one is said to be from Russia’s North Caucasus region and the others from Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan

The suspected organizer of the attack has been named by Turkish media as Akhmed Chatayev, a Chechen believed to have acted as an IS recruiter, who is on a US counter-terror sanctions list. His fate was not immediately clear.

Turkey suspects the so-called Islamic State (IS) as the brain behind the suicide bomb attack which left 44 people dead and no fewer than 240 injured.
Police have detained at least 13 suspects in Istanbul and more in Izmir on Thursday.

Family, friends and colleagues of victims gathered at the airport on Thursday for a memorial service as funerals continued.

IS has long recruited members from mainly Muslim parts of the former USSR, with Russian President Vladimir Putin estimating the overall figure to stand between 5,000 and 7,000 in October.

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