Turkey arrests more suspects over Istanbul airport attack

Turkey arrests more suspects over Istanbul airport attack
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11 July, 2016
Turkish authorities have placed seven more suspects under arrest over the triple suicide bombings at Istanbul's main airport last month, bringing the number charged over the attack to 37.
The attack on Istanbul airport killed 44 during the holy month of Ramadan [Getty]
Turkish police have arrested seven suspects pending trial in connection with the attack at Istanbul's airport that killed 44 people, bringing the total number of suspects to 37.

Anadolu Agency, citing judicial sources, said the arrests were made late on Sunday. The suspects face charges of "being a member of an armed terrorist group" and "assisting pre-meditated homicide."

Their alleged role in the attack wasn't immediately clear. The report didn't mention the names or nationalities of the suspects.

Three militants armed with assault rifles and bombs stormed Istanbul's Ataturk Airport on June 28.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Turkish officials say they believe it was the work of the Islamic State group.
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Istanbul, a major tourism hub that is home to some 15 million people, has suffered a series of attacks in recent months.

Located just outside Turkey's biggest city, Ataturk airport served more than 60 million passengers in 2015, making it one of the busiest in the world.