Two suspects in Istanbul attack ‘identified as Russian’
July 02 2016 12:46 AM


Two Russian nationals have been identified as suspected Islamic State (IS) suicide bombers in the attack on Istanbul’s main airport that is thought to have been masterminded by a Chechen, Turkish media said yesterday.
Forty-four people were killed in Tuesday’s bombings and shootings, which targeted one of the world’s busiest airports.
Prosecutors have identified two of the three suspected attackers as Russians Rakim Bulgarov and Vadim Osmanov, state-run Anadolu Agency said.
Turkish officials declined to comment.
One government official had previously said the attackers were Russian, Uzbek and Kyrgyz nationals.
The pro-government Yeni Safak daily has said the organiser of the attack, the deadliest in a series of suicide bombings in Nato-member Turkey this year, was suspected to be a Chechen double-amputee called Akhmed Chatayev.

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