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ISIS eyed as prime culprit in Istanbul airport terror attack


Hours after Tuesday night’s suicide bombing attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, officials began focusing on ISIS as the prime culprit in the massacre that killed at least 41 people and injured hundreds more.

The body count was expected to keep climbing in the wake of the attack at one of the world’s busiest airports after three suicide bombers opened fire with AK-47s before blowing themselves up as police engaged them.

“The findings of our security forces point at the Daesh organization as the perpetrators of this terror attack,” Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters at the airport, using the Arabic name for ISIS. “Even though the indications suggest Daesh, our investigations are continuing.”

Several U.S. airports strengthened security measures due to the carnage in Istanbul, and, adding to the tension, a terminal at JFK Airport in New York was evacuated for a brief period Wednesday when a suspicious bag was spotted. It was later determined the unattended bag posed no threat and travelers were allowed back in the terminal.

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Additional reading: Timeline: Recent deadly attacks in Turkey

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