Eleven foreign ISIL suspects detained in Istanbul after airport attack

16:49, 01 July 2016
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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, daily Haberturk has reported, according to Hurriyet Daily News.


Istanbul counterterrorism police carried out an operation against an ISIL cell in the Basaksehir district on suspicion that they are linked to the three suicide bombers who staged the deadly attack at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport on June 28, Hurriyet Daily News reported.

Eleven suspects, including some of Russian nationality who were staying in the city, were apprehended in the operation as the total number of detained suspects in the attack increased to 24.

Another 13 people, four of whom are foreigners, were detained in Istanbul on June 30 in a dawn operation on 16 different addresses in several districts, including Pendik, Basaksehir and Sultanbeyli.

Read alsoTurkey says airport attackers from Russia, central Asia – mediaThe three suicide bombers were revealed to be of Russian, Uzbek and Kyrgyz nationality, with the Russia reported to be of Dagestani origin.

At least 44 people were killed and hundreds were wounded in the suicide bomb attack at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport blamed on the jihadist group.

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