Chechen terrorist No.1: U.S. Congress names alleged planner of Istanbul attack
The organizer of the Istanbul airport massacre is a well-known terrorist from Russia's North Caucasus region who served as a top soldier in the ISIS war ministry, a U.S. official said, according to CNN.
Akhmed Chatayev is the man who directed the three suicide bombers in the attacks that killed 43 people Tuesday, said Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, CNN reports.
While his whereabouts are unclear, his ties to jihadist activities are well documented, McCaul said.
Turkish officials tell how Ataturk airport attack unfolded"He's ... probably the No. 1 enemy in the Northern Caucasus region of Russia. He's traveled to Syria on many occasions and became one of the top lieutenants for the minister of war for ISIS operations," he told CNN.
As UNIAN reported earlier referring to Hurriyet Daily, a total of 11 suspected foreign militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) were detained in Istanbul early on July 1 in connection with a suicide bomb attack on the city's main airport.