Istanbul Terror Attack

Published June 30, 2016, issue of June 30, 2016.

Three suicide bombers murdered at least 41 people, with over a hundred more wounded, at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport on Tuesday night. Two gunmen opened fire with automatic weapons at a security checkpoint outside the airport, detonated their explosives, and a third set off explosives in the parking lot. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim of Turkey said that early indications pointed to the Islamic State, but no group had yet claimed responsibility at the time the Journal went to press Wednesday evening.

But whoever is responsible, the tragedy of the violence can’t be shrugged off as just another news story, just another terror attack. These events are happening with horrible frequency, and we must remind ourselves that the tragedies are not simply numbers, but symbols of lives lost, families dismantled, hearts broken. We offer our condolences – as a people who know what suffering is made of – to our friends in the Muslim community as they celebrate their holy month of Ramadan.

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