Egypt condemns terrorist attack in Turkey

Ahram Online , Wednesday 29 Jun 2016

Egypt’s foreign ministry expressed its condolences to the Turkish people and families of the victims

Turkish forensic police officers work at the scene of a blast outside Istanbul's Ataturk airport, late Tuesday, June 28, 2016 (AP)

Egypt's foreign ministry condemned the terrorist attack that took place on Tuesday night at Turkey’s Istanbul Ataturk Airport leaving 36 people dead and at least 150 injured.

"We express our condolences to the Turkish people and the families of the victims," foreign ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement late on Tuesday.

"Egypt expresses its solidarity with its Turkish counterpart in these hard moments," Abu Zeid added.

This is not the first time that Egypt has condemned terrorist attacks in Turkey, which have happened frequently over the past two years.

However, the relationship between the two countries is frosty as the Ankara government is a vocal opponent of the Egyptian regime that took control following the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi in the summer of 2013.

On Tuesday evening, three suicide bombers opened fire before blowing themselves up at the main international airport in Turkey's capital of Istanbul. It is the third busiest airport in Europe.  

Police fired shots to try to stop two of the attackers just before they reached a security checkpoint at the arrivals hall at Ataturk airport but they detonated their explosives.


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