4 Afghan nationals killed, 2 injured in Istanbul airport attack
KABUL (Pajhwok): Four Afghan nationals were killed and two others injured in the triple suicide bombing and gun attack at Istanbul's Ataturk airport late Tuesday night.
At least 41 people, including 13 foreigners, were killed and 239 others wounded in the coordinated attack, as Turkey's prime minister said early signs pointed to the militant Islamic State (IS) group.
The attackers began spraying bullets at the international terminal entrance before blowing themselves up at around 10:00pm (1900 GMT) Tuesday, Turkish authorities said.
It is the deadliest of four attacks to rock Turkey's biggest city this year, with two others blamed on IS and another claimed by a militant Kurdish group.
Afghan Consul General Malak Quraishi in Istanbul told Pajhwok Afghan News over the phone that four Afghans had been killed and two more injured in the carnage.
Earlier, Quraishi identified the injured Afghans as Farhinaz Azimi, 22, and Hafizullah Naeem, 45. Quraishi said the two had sustained injuries in the face and arms and they were discharged after treatment from a Turkish hospital on Wednesday.
Quraishi said a Turkish airlines fight was due to take off for Mazar-i-Sharif one and a half hours after the attack. He said if the attack had taken place one and a half hours later, many Afghans would have suffered casualties.
He also said an Afghan Aryana Airline flight was due to land in Istanbul from Kabul at 9:30am, but the flight was delayed for 30 minutes waiting for an Afghan diplomat to arrive. This way the passengers on the Aryana flight escaped the incident, he said.
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