The horrific photos and videos featuring the gun and bomb attack on Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport that claimed 36 lives and left over 140 people injured, are storming social media.
Three attackers reportedly started shooting outside and inside Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport on Tuesday. When the police fired at them, they blew themselves up. Soon after the attack, pictures and videos showing the incident started doing the rounds on social media. The photos feature bodies covered in sheets and glass and abandoned luggage littering the building.
Early signs suggested that the Islamic State group was behind the attack, BBC quoted Prime Minister Binali Yildirim as saying. While the airport has often been called a soft target, Joanna Marsh tweeted, So sad for #Istanbul. @marklowen #BBC describing airport as "a vulnerable target" is unfair. One of the most secure airports anywhere."
The attack took place during the holy month of Ramadan, and many Muslims across the world condemned it as a heinous act. Jawad Mohammed K â€from Bengaluru, India tweeted, No Muslim can commit such sins in the holy nights of the holy month of #Ramadan This isn't the way of Islam. Prayers for #Istanbul"
The deadly attack on the Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport has shocked and saddened millions across the globe. Soon after seeing the photos and videos of the suicide bombings, millions of people around the world took to Twitter and other social-networking sites to express their sadness and offer prayers to the victims.
Here are some photos, videos and comments on the attack on Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport shared on Twitter:
Munmun Dutta Plaza â€@MunmunD_Plaza
Saddened news of another terror attack in #Istanbul ..my prayers go out to the ones effected!! #PrayForTurkey
Lives lost and sorrow found. My thoughts and prayers go to the families and friends of the killed and wounded. It is so sad. #Istanbul
My thoughts are with Istanbul. It's the people who pray who have made the world dangerous today. #atheist #istanbul
Lim â€@jellywellywoowa (Ebblinghem, France)
Every morning looking at the news just turns out to be extremely depressing, my heart goes out to the victims and families #istanbul
Ali Bin Ashiq â€@im_raza25
Saddened 2 Hear about d Terrorist Attack at Istanbul Airport, May ALLAH Give Sabar 2 All Families Who Lost their Loved One's #istanbul
Ahmad Kablawi â€@KablawiA
My heart goes out to the victims, their families & the Turkish people in the wake of the bombing in #Istanbul a cowardly attack by murders.