Social media perplexed Istanbul Ataturk Airport attacked given its uber-tight security

Published June 28th, 2016 - 08:27 GMT
The aftermath of Tuesday's explosions at Istanbul Ataturk Airport (Twitter/Julian Roepcke)
The aftermath of Tuesday's explosions at Istanbul Ataturk Airport (Twitter/Julian Roepcke)

Two explosions rocked Turkey’s Istanbul Ataturk Airport late Tuesday evening, leaving 10 dead and dozens wounded. The attack left many on social media surprised that such a devastating attack took place at the airport, known for its top-notch security.

Anyone who’s travelled through Ataturk Airport-one of the largest international hubs in the world-knows that security is a top priority there, and among the top in the Middle East. Fox News’ Shephard Smith said that security at Ataturk is “As tight as I’ve personally witnessed outside of Ben Gurion in Israel,” in a live broadcast. Many similarly took to Twitter to express their dismay at the attack in light of this.

Despite this, some reporters claimed that the attack occurred before security checks. Exact details are still coming out.

Who carried out the operation remains unknown thus far. Turkey has suffered from Daesh (ISIS) and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)-a Kurdish nationalist group-attacks over the last few years.

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