Istanbul airport attack: Turkish police raid 13 suspected of Islamic State cells


Istanbul police on Thursday detained 13 people allegedly linked with Tuesday's attacks on Istanbul Atatürk airport. Police launched pre-dawn raids simultaneously on 16 addresses around the city.  "Earlier today, the police raided 16 locations to detain 13 ISIS suspects, including three foreign nationals," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

A group of Daesh terrorists, mostly foreigners, attacked Atatürk International Airport, the third busiest hub in Europe, on Tuesday evening, killing at least 41 and injuring more than 230. Three out of eight terrorists, identified as Russian, Kazakh, and Uzbek nationals, blew themselves up after opening fire with Kalashnikovs in three separate places in the airport.

The Hurriyet newspaper identified one of the three bombers that struck Turkey's busiest airport on Tuesday as Osman Vadinov, a Chechen of Russian origin.

Vadinov reportedly crossed into Turkey from Raqa in Syria, the stronghold of the ISIS which authorities believe was likely behind the attack. There has been no claim of responsibility for the carnage at Ataturk, one of Europe's busiest airports. Meanwhile investigation going on.