Turkish president vows continued fight against terror after Istanbul attack
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Turkish president vows continued fight against terror after Istanbul attack

Washington pledges 'steadfast' support for Ankara following airport assault; Clinton urges increased cooperation; Trump says terrorist threat never been greater

A Turkish riot police officer patrols Ataturk airport`s main entrance in Istanbul, on June 28, 2016, after explosions followed by gunfire hit Turkey's largest airport. (AFP/ OZAN KOSE)
A Turkish riot police officer patrols Ataturk airport`s main entrance in Istanbul, on June 28, 2016, after explosions followed by gunfire hit Turkey's largest airport. (AFP/ OZAN KOSE)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday vowed to continue the fight against terror groups, hours after a multi-pronged attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport killed more than 30 people and injured over 80.

Erdogan said the attack, which took place during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, “shows that terrorism strikes with no regard to faith and values.”

He called on the international community to take a firm stand against terrorism and vowed to keep up Turkey’s struggle against terror groups.

“Turkey has the power, determination and capacity to continue the fight against terrorism until the end,” Erdogan said.

Condemnations of the attack came in form across the world, with rival US presidential contenders Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump issuing separate statements on the assault.

“We must deepen our cooperation with allies and partners in the Middle East and Europe to take on this threat,”Clinton said in a statement, adding that the attack strengthens our resolve to defeat the forces of terrorism and radical jihadism around the world.”

“All Americans stand united with the people of Turkey against this campaign of hatred and violence,” she said.

Trump said the attack demonstrated that the “terrorist threat has never been greater.”

“The whole world is stunned and horrified. The terrorist threat has never been greater. Our enemies are brutal and ruthless and will do anything to murder those who do not bend to their will,” he said in a statement.

“We must do everything possible to keep this horrible terrorism outside the United States,” he later tweeted.

The Obama administration also issued a response to the “heinous” attack, pledging “steadfast” support for Turkey.

“Ataturk International Airport, like Brussels Airport which was attacked earlier this year, is a symbol of international connections and the ties that bind us together,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement.

“We remain steadfast in our support for Turkey, our NATO ally and partner, along with all of our friends and allies around the world, as we continue to confront the threat of terrorism.”

State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the attack was “only the latest in a series of attacks aimed at killing and maiming innocent civilians.”

“Such attacks will only reinforce our determination to work with the government of Turkey to counter the scourge of terrorism and support all those across the region who are working to promote peace and reconciliation,” he said in a statement.

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