CENTRALBATAM.CO.ID, ISTAMBUL-With flags across Turkey at half-staff and the nation observing a day of mourning, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan proclaimed the terror attack on Istanbul’s airport “will not divide or split our country.”
Erdogan promised the government will “not let down our people.” He said by killing dozens of civilians, including women and children, the terrorists were not true Muslims.
“This is not Islamic. Taking one person’s life means going straight to hell,” he said Wednesday from the capital of Ankara, adding, “No terrorist organization will come between what we are.”
Erdogan’s televised comments came a day after he said in a written statement that an attack during the final days of the holy month of Ramadan show the attackers had no regard for faith or values.
No terror group has taken responsibility for the attack, in which three men arrived by taxi at the international terminal and launched their horror armed with rifles and suicide bomb vests.
Speculation, based on the nature of the attack, has focused on the Islamic State, which has struck in Turkey before but rarely taken credit for those bombings.
Interior Minister Efkan Ala said “all information and evidence” points to ISIS. “But nothing is for certain.”
Writer : Setianus Zai