Analysis Turkey paying a price for Erdoğan’s wilful blindness to Isis threat
President’s preference for blaming everything bad that happens on the Kurds is no longer working
Five of the Turkish dead were policemen, and others were tourism guides waiting for clients in the arrivals area, two who worked in ground services, and at least one taxi driver.
Although there has been no claim of responsibility, analysts and US counter-terrorism officials – including CIA director John Brennan – also said the choice of target and method of the attack bore hallmarks of Isis, which earlier this year bombed an airport and metro in Brussels, targeted Paris last year, and has been blamed for several attacks on Turkey in the past year.
The latest attack drew pledges of support from leaders around the world, with Russia announcing it had eased travel restrictions and trade sanctions, and Israel promising unity in the fight against terrorism.
Intelligence officials are now poring over video evidence and witness statements for clues about the suicide cell, which a senior prosecutor said may have included foreign militants.
Video footage showed one gunman tumbling to the ground, apparently felled by a police bullet, as passengers and airport workers scattered. Seconds later he detonated an explosive vest.