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Turkey: more arrests connected to Airport bombings

Flowers left in memory of Ataturk airport employees killed in the triple suicide bombing and gun attack on 28 June 2016 - AFP

Flowers left in memory of Ataturk airport employees killed in the triple suicide bombing and gun attack on 28 June 2016 - AFP

06/07/2016 08:41

(Vatican Radio)  Turkey has jailed 17 more suspects - mostly foreigners - over last week's suicide bombing at Istanbul's main airport.  Islamic State militants from the ex-Soviet Union are blamed for the attack which killed 45 people and wounded hundreds.

The arrests bring the total number of people jailed pending trial to 30.

They include suspects from Russia’s north Caucasus region, Dagestan and from the former Soviet Republics of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.  At a hearing in court Tuesday, those arrested denied they had links to the bombers.

Moscow says that thousands of Russian citizens and citizens of other former Soviet states have joined Islamic State, travelling through Turkey to reach Syria. 

(Source: Reuters)

06/07/2016 08:41