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 registers marginal gain against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal and Dirham; Check forex rates

Pakistani rupee continued its momentum against the US dollar, and orther currencies in the open market on Thursday, as the local currency also improved in the inter-bank market.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Thursday, the US dollar moved down and was being quoted at 283.2 for buying and 286.15 for selling.

Euro comes down to 308 for buying and 311 for selling. British Pound rate dropped to 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED witnessed slight drop and new rate stands at 77.4 whereas the Saudi Riyal remained stable at 76.

Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 7 December 2023

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 283.2 286.15
Euro EUR 308 311
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 362
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.4 78.1
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.8
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 757.23 765.23
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.89 40.29
Danish Krone DKK 41.19 41.59
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.41 36.76
Indian Rupee INR 3.42 3.53
Japanese Yen JPY 1.39 1.45
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 921.71 930.71
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 61.02 61.62
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.54 176.54
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.05 26.35
Omani Riyal OMR 739.62 747.62
Qatari Riyal QAR 78.22 78.92
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 27.12 27.42
Swiss Franc CHF 324.94 327.44
Thai Bhat THB 8.06 8.21

Gold prices in Pakistan move down despite positive global cues; Check latest rates here

Gold price in Pakistan remained under pressure as the yellow metal moved down despite an upward trend in the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 7 December 2023

On Thursday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,100 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,130. 

Single tola of 22 Karat Gold costs Rs199,000, 21 karat rate for per tola is Rs189,960 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,825.00 for each tola.

In the global market, gold prices hover at around $2026, gaining $8.30 on Thursday.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

Today Gold Price in Pakistan (4 September 2023)

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Karachi PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Islamabad PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Peshawar PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Quetta PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Sialkot PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Attock PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Gujranwala PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Jehlum PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Multan PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Bahawalpur PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Gujrat PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Nawabshah PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Chakwal PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Hyderabad PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Nowshehra PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Sargodha PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Faisalabad PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Mirpur PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565


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