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24 people detained over Istanbul airport terror attack

Turkish police detain additional 11 foreign nationals, raising total detention number to 24, on Friday over deadly Istanbul airport attack.

24 people detained over Istanbul airport terror attack Entrance of the Ataturk International Airport is seen after the air traffic returned to normal following Tuesday's terror attack in Istanbul, Turkey on June 29, 2016. (İslam Yakut - Anadolu Agency)

By Halil Demir


Additional 11 foreign nationals were detained in a series of raids in Istanbul on Friday over Tuesday’s deadly Istanbul Ataturk Airport attack, which killed 44 people, including 19 foreign citizens, and injured more than 230 others, Turkish security sources said.

The total number of people detained over the terror attack rose to 24, including 15 foreign nationals, on Friday, security sources said on the condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.

Those 11 foreigners were detained in simultaneous raids by Turkish police department’s anti-terror branch in Istanbul’s Basaksehir district early Friday, the sources said.

On Friday, consul-generals of 22 countries and EU representatives held carnations at the scene of the attack during the memorial service held in front of Istanbul Ataturk Airport's International Arrival Terminal.

*Anadolu Agency Correspondent Sibel Ugurlu contributed to this report from Ankara.

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