TURKISH police have arrested 13 people in connection with the attack on Istanbul’s airport who they believe come from Russia, as it also revealed they shot dead two suspected jihadis at the border with Syria.
Tensions are rising once more between the leaders of Russia and Turkey, just one day after they spoke for the first time since the downing of a Russian military jet.
When they met, Turkey apologised for the shooting down of a Russian war plane last year.
However, one day after, Turkish officials have said that the Istanbul airport suicide attackers were from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.
The two leaders even pledged to work together to fight Islamic State (IS) and put aside any past differences when they met yesterday.
At least 42 people died and more than 230 were injured following the Ataturk airport gunfire and suicide bomb attacks on Tuesday evening.
This morning Ankara revealed it may have stopped further fatalities.
The Turkish military killed two suspected Islamic State members trying to enter Turkey illegally at the weekend, including a man thought to be plotting a suicide bomb attack in Turkey.
The pro-government Yeni Safak newspaper said the Russian bomber was from Dagestan, which borders Chechnya, where Moscow has led two wars against separatists and religious militants since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.
The Kyrgyz security service declined to comment, while the Uzbek security service could not immediately be reached.
There are reports that the organiser of the attack was a man called Akhmed Chatayev, of Chechen origin.
He has been identified as a leader in Islamic State responsible for training Russia-speaking militants, and as wanted by Russian authorities.
The Turkish Hurriyet newspaper named one of the attackers as Osman Vadinov, also Chechen, and said he had come from Raqqa, the heart of Islamic State-controlled territory in Syria.
The suspected militants were “neutralised” on Saturday after refusing the army’s warnings at the Syrian-Turkish border.
One of the suspected militants killed at the weekend was a Syrian who was thought to be planning a suicide attack in the Turkish capital.
Turkish officials have not publicly identified those arrested.
There have been reports that three foreign nationals are among the group of suspects detained in Istanbul today.
Turkey’s state run agency, Anadolu, has said nine suspects of the shocking airport attack can be linked to the Daesh group and were arrested in the coastal city of Izmir.
Turkish police have conducted simultaneous raids at 16 locations in Istanbul since the attack.
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