36 dead, over 140 wounded in multiple suicide blasts at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport

12:59 AM | 29 Jun, 2016
36 dead, over 140 wounded in multiple suicide blasts at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport
ISTANBUL: At least 36 people were killed and over 140 injured when as many as three suicide bombers detonated themselves at  Istanbul's  Ataturk Airport on Tuesday night.

What do we know so far?

  • Attackers used a taxi to reach the airport

  • 3 bombers were involved in the attack

  • Before the suicide blasts, one attacker opened fire at the public

  • Police tried to stop at least two attackers, however, they successfully detonated themselves at the entrance

  • Foreigners are also among the dead, while the number casualties may increase due to the large number of injured

  • Turkish President Erdogan has claimed that Islamic State was behind the attack

  • US counter-terrorism officials also said ISIS was a top suspect

  • Turkish investigators say PKK militants target government officials only, hence IS is the most probable preparater of the attacks

  • The airport has been reopened

Original Story: Witnesses reported hearing two explosions, followed by gunfire and a third blast at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul.

The blasts occurred in the airport’s International Arrivals Terminal, according to Turkish media.

Police fired shots to try to stop two of the attackers just before they reached a security checkpoint at the arrivals hall, but they detonated their explosives at the entrance, a Turkish official said.

More than a dozen ambulances raced to the international terminal of the airport, CNN said. Most of those killed were Turkish nationals but foreigners were also among the dead and injured.

Following the deadly blasts, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged the world to stand firm against terrorism of all kinds and support Turkey in this fight. Turkey has been targeted while it is involved in the fight against Islamic State militant group in Syria, he added.

He vowed to hunt down every single perpetrator to bring justice to the victims.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim termed the attack as a deliberate attempt to target innocent people.

US counter-terrorism officials familiar with the early stages of investigations agreed with the Turkish stance that Islamic State was at the top of the list of suspects, despite the fact that there was no evidence yet.

The airport was closed overnight for several hours, and flights were diverted to Ankara and other cities, however, the airport was reopened early the next morning.

Videos showing the aftermath of the blasts:


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 29 Feb 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 29, 2024 (Thursday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.1 for buying and 282.35 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352 for buying, and 355.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.3.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 29 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.1 282.35
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352 355.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.3 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.11 751.11
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.69 41.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.32 916.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36 26.66
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317.76 320.26
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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