Report: Turkish intelligence warned of attack on Istanbul airport 20 days ago

Published June 30th, 2016 - 11:00 GMT
People carry the coffin of Mohammad Eymen Demirci on June 29, 2016 in Istanbul during his funeral a day after a suicide bombing and gun attack targeted Istanbul's Ataturk airport, killing 42 people. (AFP/Ozan Kose)
People carry the coffin of Mohammad Eymen Demirci on June 29, 2016 in Istanbul during his funeral a day after a suicide bombing and gun attack targeted Istanbul's Ataturk airport, killing 42 people. (AFP/Ozan Kose)

Turkish intelligence issued a warning to state institutions about a potential attack by Daesh on the Istanbul Ataturk airport and other targets in the city 20 days ago, Hurriyet Daily News reported.

Istanbul's main international airport was hit by deadly suicide bombings on June 28, killing 42 people and injuring 250 others.

Dogan TV's Ankara representative Hande Firat said in a broadcast Wednesday that “Intelligence units sent a warning letter to the top of the state and all its institutions in early June, around 20 days ago, about Istanbul."

Firat added that the names of targeted places was included on the list, and that Istanbul Ataturk Airport was mentioned.

Of the 42 victims in the attack, 13 were foreign, including five Saudis, one Tunisian, one Uzbek, two Iraqis, one Jordanian, one Ukrainian, and Iranian and one person from the Uyghur province of China.

The Turkish Prime Minister declared June 29 a national day of mourning for Turkey.

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