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Published: Wed, July 13, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Turkish police detain 11 suspects over airport attack

Turkish police detain 11 suspects over airport attack

A spokesman for Kyrgyzstan's state security service said it was investigating, while the Uzbek security service had no immediate comment. Turkish state media identified two of the three attackers as Rakim Bulgarov and Vadim Osmanov.

McCaul said Chatayev's whereabouts are unknown. He is a top ISIS commander wanted in several regions including Russian Federation for a series of terror attacks.

Video footage from inside the terminal showed the horrific scenes unfolding as people ran for their lives, and a bright orange flash as one device detonated in an explosion.

Officials believe the men - identified by state media as being from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan - entered Turkey about a month ago from the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa in Syria, bringing with them the suicide vests and bombs used in the attack, the source said.

Last year, the U.S. Treasury added Chayatev to its list of terrorists, saying he was planing attacks against U.S. and Turkish facilities.

Chatayev recruited and trained Russian-speaking militants to join the Islamic State.

The assaults saw three men with assault rifles and bombs attacking people in one of the world's busiest airports.

The breakthrough phone call came after the Turkish strongman on Monday sent a letter to Putin that Moscow said contained an apology for the November incident.

Police conducted simultaneous raids on 16 places in Istanbul, the official told Reuters.

"Ask anybody inside ISIS or who's fought ISIS". According to The Guardian, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has said, "our security force's findings indicate that this terror attack was done by Daesh but we are still working to determine who is behind the attack".

Chayatev's alleged connection may not be a surprise.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the attackers shot at random to overcome security checks at the worldwide terminal of Ataturk airport. It has claimed responsibility for similar bombing and gun attacks in Belgium and France in the past year. "These were the guys who were essentially on the front lines guarding Falluja, the city they just lost in Iraq".

In separate police operations, nine suspects believed to be linked to the IS group were also detained in the coastal city of Izmir.

Numerous victims killed in the attacks were foreign nationals of Saudi, Iraq, Tunisia, China, Iran, Ukrain, Jordan and Uzbekistan.

Attention focused Friday on whether a Chechen extremist known to be a top lieutenant in the Islamic State group was involved in the suicide attacks that killed 44 people at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport. "So in a sense, the ultimate Kamikaze warrior", Weiss said. The high number of fatalities in 2015 was caused by ISIS attacks.

Just two days after triple suicide bombings, Istanbul's main global airport is as usual a hive of activity - but with passengers snapping selfies in front of bullet-shattered windows. As part of a deal to secure Turkish help in cutting the flow of migrants into Europe, the European Union wants Turkey to narrow its legal definition of terrorism and amend other laws to bring them in line with European Union standards. Only Tunisia and Saudi Arabia have more IS fighters.

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