At least 42 people are dead and more than 230 wounded after three explosions struck Istanbul Atatürk Airport in Turkey late Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. Turkish officials said the attackers were from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, wire reports said.
The Islamic State group was blamed for the attack, the AP reported. However, the group has not claimed responsibility.
In a joint statement released Wednesday from the European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Johannes Hahn, the leaders pledged solidarity with Turkey and committed themselves “to work closely together to fight the global threat of terrorism in all its forms.”
Most of those killed and wounded in the attack were from Turkey. No Americans are known to have been involved at this point. The victims included five people from Saudi Arabia, two from Iraq, and one each from Tunisia, Uzbekistan, China, Iran, Ukraine and Jordan, the Guardian reported.
Leaders from across the region and the world condemned the attack. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin sent a condolence letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to the AP. In his letter, Rivlin said: “I take this opportunity to welcome the chance to renew our good relationship especially because our strengthened dialogue will greatly aid in our joint efforts against this threat, and because it sends a strong message to the terrorists that we will stand untied against hatred.”
Officials say three men armed with guns entered Atatürk Airport’s international arrivals area late Tuesday, a busy time for the airport, the Guardian reported. After they opened fire, they detonated their suicide vests, according to the newspaper.
The airport, the largest in Turkey and third largest in the European Union, halted all flights until Wednesday, according to the airport’s Twitter account. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration halted flights to and from the airport after the blast, wire reports said. Flights resumed Wednesday from Istanbul to the United States, the Associated Press reported.
Istanbul Ataturk Airport is closed to flights until June 29th, 05:00 o'clock as per the concerned legal NOTAM (Notice To Air Man)
— Istanbul Airport (@istanbulairport) June 28, 2016