Ban also expressed sympathy with Turkey and the victims’ families, and wished that those who were hurt would recover soon.
“The Secretary-General condemns today’s terrorist attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport. He expresses his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Turkey. He wishes a speedy recovery to those injured,” he said in a statement on Wednesday, June 29.
Ban also hoped that those responsible for the attack would be given the corresponding punishment. He also emphasized the need for stronger measures to combat terrorism and extremism around the world.
“The Secretary-General hopes that the perpetrators of this crime will be identified and brought to justice. He stands firmly by Turkey as it confronts this threat and stresses the need to intensify regional and international efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism,” the UN chief added.
Thirty-six people were killed while 147 others were wounded when three men carrying bombs and guns attacked one of the busiest airports in Turkey. Although Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that no one has claimed responsibility, authorities believed that ISIS was to blame for the attacks.