UN condemns Istanbul attack

The President of the UN General Assembly Mogens Lykketoft has expressed anger and grief over the terrorist attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport, Turkey.

In a brief statement, made available to reporters in New York, Lykketoft said: “Once again we experience the senseless killing of innocent and peaceful civilians. Once again we mourn the lives lost and sympathize with those left behind.”

“The international community must, through much closer cooperation, redouble efforts to contain and fight radical and violent extremism,” the UN official noted.

Reports said a total of 41 people are known to have died during the suicide bomb attack, with some 13 of those killed believed to be foreign nationals, while a further 239 people were injured in the attack.

Three attackers arrived in a taxi and began firing at the international terminal building entrance and they later blew themselves up after police fired back.

No group has yet claimed to have carried out the attack, but Turkish officials said the attack bore the hallmarks of the so-called Islamic State group.

In his reaction, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the attack should serve as a turning point in the global fight against terrorist groups.

Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport is the third busiest in Europe, and it welcomed 61 million passengers in 2015.