Death toll rises to 43 in Istanbul terror attack

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Death toll rises to 43 in Istanbul terror attack

The number of people killed in the triple suicide bombings in Istanbul rose to 43, including 19 foreigners, Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala said Thursday, adding that one of the bombers has been identified.

“The death toll from the terrorist attack is now 43 people, 19 of them foreign nationals… The identify of one terrorist has been established, 13 people have been arrested on charges of involvement in the terrorist attack, nine of whom are Turkish citizens,” Ala said in a statement to the Turkish parliament.

Police wounded one of the assailants at the entry to the airport, who detonated his suicide device near a parking lot, the minister said. The second assailant set off his device simultaneously with the third suicide bomber after being wounded, Ala added.

“The evidence currently collected indicates IS [Islamic State jihadist group],” he stressed, adding that 94 people remain hospitalized after the Thursday night attack in Istanbul, Turkey.

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