Original story: 6/29/16
Three terrorist entered the Ataburk airport in Istanbul, Turkey then set off explosions and shot into the crowd waiting in the international terminal. 36 people were killed and 147 were injured in the attack. The three terrorists detonated suicide vests in the attack. Source: CNN: Istanbul airport attack: 36 dead, 147 injured Turkish officials say
Update: 7/15/16: Suspect identified
52 victims of the attack still remain in the hospital. Across Istanbul, Turkish police have arrested 13 people connected to the attack, three are foreign nationals. According to a US intelligence agency official, a man by the name of Chatayev was behind the triple bombing while another man nicknamed “Akhmed One-Arm” organized the attack. A CNN contributor noted that Islamists from the Soviet Union are the most willing to die. Source: Bolsafinanzas: 52 wounded still hospitalized after Istanbul airport attack
Update: 8/03/16: Suspects have Russia links
Turkish police have discovered that two of the bombers are Russian citizens, at least one of them with links to the North Caucasus. According to the Turkish media, one or more had traveled to Turkey from Raqqa, one of the main strongholds of IS in northern Syria. The raid’s organizer is thought to be Akhmed Chataev (also known as Akhmad Shishani), a highly positioned Chechen in IS. Chataev had previously fought against Russia in Chechnya, where he was injured and lost one arm (for which he is better known as “One-handed Akhmed”), and subsequently fled the country in 2002. A year later he was granted asylum in Austria.
In 2007, he became a “representative”, recruiter and fundraiser in Europe for the newly founded Caucasus Emirate, a group loosely associated with al-Qaeda which used terrorist methods during operations in the Russian North Caucasus. In 2013, Chatayev swore allegiance to IS and reportedly played an important role in the incorporation of the North Caucasus jihadist groups into IS. Source: Modern Tokyo News: The trouble with Islamic State that Turkey hoped to avoid