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Kremlin has no data that Russian national was among Istanbul airport suicide bombers

June 30, 13:42 UTC+3 MOSCOW
According to the media, a native of Russia’s North Caucasus Republic of Chechnya could have been among the three suicide bombers who had blown themselves up in the Istanbul airport
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MOSCOW, June 30. /TASS/. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday he had no information proving or rejecting reports that a Russian national was among the Istanbul airport suicide bombers.

"I can’t say that undoubtedly this is the information, which is exchanged, in the first place, among special services," the Kremlin spokesman said.

The Kremlin spokesman further said he didn’t know whether "some data, some information was requested about whether this was a Russian national or not."

"This will, perhaps, become known with time but I don’t have such information," Peskov said.

As the TV Channel Haber Turk reported on Thursday, a native of Russia’s North Caucasus Republic of Chechnya could have been among the three suicide bombers who had blown themselves up in the Istanbul airport.

According to the TV Channel’s data, this person arrived in Turkey from the Syrian town of Raqqah seized by militants of the Islamic State terrorist organization (outlawed in Russia).

Some media outlets identified the suicide bomber as Osman Vadinov. The Turkish authorities have not yet made any official statements on the citizenship of the suicide bombers but they are believed to have been foreigners.

Meanwhile, the Turkish daily Milliyet reported, citing sources among investigators, that all the three suicide bombers were citizens of Tajikistan.

However, according to the news web portal Karar.com, the terrorist attack was plotted by an Islamic State group of seven persons. The suicide bombers were natives of Chechnya, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, the web portal said.

The suicide bomber attack in the international terminal of Istanbul airport on June 28 claimed the lives of 42 people, including 13 foreign nationals. As many as 238 people, including foreigners, were wounded in the terror attack.

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