Regional condolences pour in after Istanbul attack

In the aftermath of a Tuesday (June 28th) suicide attack at Istanbul's Ataturk airport that killed 41 people and wounded 249, condolences flooded in to Turkey from governments across the region.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has blamed on the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL).

Jordan strongly denounced the attack, with government spokesman Mohammad Momani renewing the kingdom's call for co-ordinated international efforts to fight terrorism, the Jordanian news agency, Petra, reported.

Momani said criminal groups are seeking to destabilise countries of the region through such attacks, in order to cause further chaos, destruction and killing.

Jordanian citizen Mohammad Saeed Shraim was injured in the attack and a search is still under way for his wife and son, Petra reported.

Egypt also condemned the attack, with its foreign ministry issuing a statement offering "condolences to the Turkish people and the families of the victims", Egypt's Ahram Online reported.

Kuwait's emir sent a cable to the Turkish president expressing profound grief over the innocent victims who fell as a result of "this despicable terrorist attack which runs counter to all holy faiths and humanitarian values".

Qatar, the UAE and Bahrain each issued statements condemning and denouncing the attack, saying it runs counter to all moral and religious values and human principles, while Saudi Arabia denounced the attacks and confirmed the kingdom's solidarity with Turkey.

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