: Reuters: Istanbul bombers were Russian, Uzbek, Kyrgyz nationals

15:43 Jun. 30, 2016

Reuters: Istanbul bombers were Russian, Uzbek, Kyrgyz nationals

Security and ambulances block the road outside Turkey's largest airport, Istanbul Ataturk, after it was hit by a suicide bomb attack on June 28, 2016, Turkey. (GettyImages Photo)

Turkish officials revealed details behind the suicide attacks on Europe's third-busiest airport 

Three suspected Islamic State suicide bombers who killed 42 people in a gun and bomb attack at Istanbul airport this week were from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, a Turkish government official said on Thursday, according to Reuters. 

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The official gave no further details beyond confirming the attackers' nationalities and declined to be named because details of the investigation have not yet been released. Investigators had been struggling to identify the bombers from their limited remains, officials said earlier.

The pro-government Yeni Safak newspaper said the Russian bomber was from Dagestan, which borders Chechnya, where Moscow has led two wars against separatists and religious militants since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.

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The Kyrgyz security service declined to comment, while the Uzbek security service could not immediately be reached.

The attack on Europe's third-busiest airport was the deadliest in a series of suicide bombings in Turkey this year.

The three bombers opened fire to create panic outside, before two of them got inside the terminal building and blew themselves up. The third detonated his explosives at the entrance. A further 239 people were wounded.

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