READ: Turkish president issues statement on airport attack
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Turkey's president strongly condemned Tuesday's attack at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul that has claimed at least 30 lives, according to reports.

It is believed that a trio suicide bombers blew themselves up in the crowded terminal, according to Reuters. In addition to the dead, there are reports of nearly 70 others who were injured.


Shortly after the attack, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan offered prayers for the victims of what he called a "heinous" attack.

The full text of the statement is below: 

"I strongly condemn the terror attack at Istanbul Ataturk Airport and offer my condolences to the victims' families and our nation. May Allah bless the souls of everyone who lost their lives in this heinous attack.

The attack, which took place during the holy month of Ramadan, shows that terrorism strikes with no regard for faith and values. Nor do terrorists distinguish between their victims. 

This attack has also exposed once again the evil face of the terrorist organizations which target innocent civilians.

This attack has no objective rather than making negative propaganda against Turkey.

We expect the international community, especially the Western countries including their administrations, parliaments, media organs and civil societies, to take a firm stand against terrorism. 

Notwithstanding the heavy price it has paid in the fight against terrorism, Turkey has the power, determination and capacity to continue this fight until the end. 

I would like to remind you that such acts of terror target not only 79 million Turkish citizens but also entire human race of 7.5 billion. 

Given the heinous character of terror, the bombs that exploded in Istanbul today could have gone off at any airport in any city around the world. 

Make no mistake: For terrorist organizations, there is no difference between Istanbul and London, Ankara and Berlin, Izmir and Chicago or Antalya and Rome. 

Unless all states and the entire mankind join forces in the fight against terrorism, much worse scenarios which we fear even to imagine today may come true. 

The Ataturk Airport attack should serve as a turning point and a milestone in the fight against terrorism around the world, particularly in Western countries. 

I would like to once again wish Allah’s mercy upon our citizens who lost their lives and speedy recovery to those wounded."