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Joe Biden signs condolence book for Istanbul victims

The US Vice President signed a condolence book at the Turkish embassy in Washington. Credit: Reuters

US Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill signed a condolence book at the Turkish embassy in Washington for victims of the Istanbul airport attack.

Islamic State militants were suspected to have carried out Tuesday's attacks , which killed 42 people and wounded 239 at Europe's third-busiest airport.

He said the attacks on the airport had the effect of unifying the world against "distorted jihadists" but that defeating them would take some time.

He signed off 'with sympathy and admiration'. Credit: Reuters

I am absolutely convinced that combined with our resolve, we will wipe out the so called caliphate in Iraq and in Syria.

The world is united behind Turkey in our resolve.

– US Vice President Joe Biden

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Turkey observes day of mourning for Istanbul victims

Some of the 41 victims of the terror attack at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport are being buried as Turkey observes a national day of mourning.

At least 41 people were killed in the attack at Ataturk Airport. Credit: Reuters/Osman Orsal
The dead include 23 Turkish citizens and 18 foreign nationals. Credit: Reuters/Osman Orsal
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared Wednesday a national day of mourning. Credit: Reuters/Osman Orsal

Video shows panic at Istanbul airport as bombs go off

A video has emerged showing people in Ataturk Airport in Istanbul running for their lives as three suicide bombers detonated bombs and exchanged gunfire with security forces.

The CCTV footage, which has no sound, shows people fleeing in panic just before a powerful explosion and the ceiling collapses covering everything in dust.

  • Warning: Some viewers may find this footage distressing

ABTA: Istanbul visitors should consult travel company

Istanbul’s popularity as a city break destination has declined this year. Credit: Reuters

People due to travel to Istanbul should speak to their travel company or airline if they have concerns about their journey, the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) has said.

It said travellers should follow Foreign Office advice, which says tourists should be alert to their surroundings.

An ABTA spokesman said: "People due to travel should speak to their travel company or airline for information about travel to and from Istanbul. Flights to and from Ataturk International Airport are resuming gradually."

Most British holidaymakers visit the beach resorts on Turkey's southern coast, the association said, adding that "Istanbul’s popularity as a city break destination has declined" following incidents earlier this year.

Cameron condemns 'barbaric' Istanbul airport attack

David Cameron in the House of Commons today.

David Cameron has condemned the "horrific" attack at Istanbul airport.

The prime minister told the House of Commons that he had spoken to Turkish President Erdoğan and offered the UK's assistance.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were killed and injured and their families," Mr Cameron said.

"As yet there are no reports of any UK causalities but the Foreign Office are working urgently with the Turkish authorities to establish the full facts.

"We stand as one in our defiance against these barbaric acts."

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