Istanbul airport attack: UN chief Ban Ki-moon condemns explosion

By: | Updated: June 29, 2016 9:56 AM

Istanbul airport attack: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for stepped-up cooperation in the fight against terrorism, following an attack on Istanbul's Ataturk airport that left at least 36 dead and scores wounded.

UN ChiefUN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon “stands firmly by Turkey as it confronts this threat and stresses the need to intensify regional and international efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism.” (Reuters)

Istanbul airport attack: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for stepped-up cooperation in the fight against terrorism, following an attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk airport that left at least 36 dead and scores wounded.

Ban “condemns today’s terrorist attack” and “expresses his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the government and people of Turkey,” his spokesman said in a statement.

The UN chief “stands firmly by Turkey as it confronts this threat and stresses the need to intensify regional and international efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism.”

“The Secretary-General hopes that the perpetrators of this crime will be identified and brought to justice,” the statement said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for an international “joint fight” against terror after the attack, the fourth deadly bombing in Istanbul this year.

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