Arrests over deadly Istanbul airport attack

One 25-year-old suspect, identified as K.V., possessed both Kyrgyz and Russian passports while the second suspect, F.M.I., 35, held a Ukrainian residence permit.

The two arrived from Ukraine and were netted at the airport, Xinhua news agency reported.

Three militants armed with assault rifles and suicide bombs attacked one of the world's busiest airports on Tuesday night. Tuesday's gunfire and suicide bombing attack at Ataturk Airport killed dozens and injured over 200.

No-one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Turkish officials say they believe it was the work of the Islamic State group.

Yildirim said Monday that police were on high alert and had boosted their presence at the airport and other sensitive Istanbul sites including metro stations and the Marmaray rail tunnel.

More than 5,000 ISIS suspects have been detained so far in Turkey as part of the country's intense fight against extremism, Interior Minister Efkan Ala said Thursday.

Arrests over deadly Istanbul airport attack
Arrests over deadly Istanbul airport attack

The Islamic State group, which has used the porous border with Turkey to establish itself in neighboring Syria and Iraq, has repeatedly threatened Turkey.

The airport carnage was the latest in a string of deadly attacks to hit Turkey in the past year blamed on either IS jihadists or Kurdish rebels.

Thirteen suspects, including three foreigners, were referred to Istanbul's Bakirkoy Court on Sunday following medical checks.

The so-called Islamic State (IS) was suspected to be behind the attack.

According to the Turkish security services, the alleged Russian suicide bomber was Osman Vadinov, a Chechen from Russia's republic of Dagestan.

Prosecutors have established the identity of two of the three airport attackers — giving their names as Rakim Bulgarov and Vadim Osmanov — and were trying to identify the third, Anadolu said.

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