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Chilling picture of smiling Istanbul airport suicide bombers seconds from death mission as police fear another attack ‘impending’

Bomber at Istanbul airport
More is now known about the three ISIS jihadis – described as being from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan – who slaughtered 43 people and injured 240.
These are the three ISIS suicide bombers bombers pictured entering Istanbul Ataturk Airport before they slaughtered 43 people and injured 240.

The jihadis who used suicide bomb vests and high velocity AK-47s and Glock pistols to carry out their attack are understood to be from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.

All three are understood to have Russian passports in their possession.

The Turkish prime minister had previously linked the attack to ISIS – although the terror group is yet to claim any responsibility.

Sources have also revealed it’s feared a second cell is about to attack imminently.

ISIS gunman suicide bomb attacks at a Istanbul airport
The first image of all three attackers before they began their mass slaughter at Istanbul Airport

The three men in Wednesday night’s attack are said to have hired a first floor apartment in the district of Fatih – 12 miles from the airport – 32 days ago and signed a one year contract.

Suspected Istanbul airport attackers
One of the suspected attackers at Istanbul Airport on Tuesday evening
Airport CCTV images as a gunman detonates a suicide vest in the airport as people run away from him at Ataturk airport

A flash of flames in the chaos as passengers flee for their lives

An estate agent who rented the gang the property said they spoke in Russian and showed him Russian passports.

Suspected Istanbul airport attackers
One of the suspected Istanbul Airport attackers inside the complex

Neighbours have revealed the trio “spoke to no one” during their stay but were often heard arguing loudly.

Security officials believe the three men are part of a cell who trained with ISIS in Raqqa within the last year.

Investigators combing the apartment for evidence found the men had installed a metal door on the inside of their front door.

Paramedics attend to casualties injured outside Turkey's largest airport, Istanbul Ataturk, Turkey, following an attack
Paramedics attend to casualties injured in the three blasts

One of the men, dressed in a red T-shirt, has been named as Osman Vadinov, a Russian national.

Security officials are hunting a fourth member of the gang who is believed to be on the loose.

Police found notebooks and “manuals” near to the apartment which had been dumped by the gang.

Terror attack at Ataturk Airport, Istanbul, Turkey.
Around 239 people were injured in the attack by the three terrorists

The three men took a taxi to Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, the third largest in Europe, before engaging their bloody assault.

A taxi driver who picked them up told police the men were speaking Russian and were “calm and measured” and he “had no suspicions of them at all”.

Broken windows are pictured at the attacks and explosions site in Ataturk airport's international arrivals terminal on June 29, 2016, a day after a suicide bombing and gun attack targeted Istanbul's airport
Glass was blown out and ceilings collapsed inside the airport

A disturbing timeline has now emerged which reveals seven minutes of mayhem when the three jihadis split up to target different areas of the airport to create maximum damage and panic among travelers.

A riot police officer stands guard at the entrance of the Ataturk airport in Istanbul, Turkey, following a multiple suicide bombing
An armed cop stands guard outside the airport after the attack

They arrived at 9.49pm local time (7.49pm BST), taking out their guns from a suitcase and with bombs in backpacks as well as suicide belts hidden underneath their jackets.

Two of the men went inside the airport while one made his way to the car park.

A Turkish anti riot police officer (L) and an employee of a private security company patrols (C) check as passengers enter the Ataturk airport International arrival terminal on June 29, 2016 a day after a suicide bombing and gun attack targeted Istanbul's airport
Security and checks have been stepped up at the airport in the wake of the attack

He was challenged by a security guard who became suspicious after seeing his large jacket.

After challenging him for identification the jihadi shot him and then detonated his explosives vest.

A mother of victims reacts outside a forensic medicine building close to Istanbul's airport
A mother of one of the victims outside a hospital near the airport

Read more at http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/chilling-picture-smiling-istanbul-airport-8315730#0DJHdICBE4mAs7hO.99




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