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Istanbul Court Releases 6 Suspects in Ataturk Airport Attacks

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A Turkish court has ordered the release of six individuals who are defendants in the trial against dozens of suspects for their alleged links to Daesh terrorist group and involvement in last year's Ataturk airport attack.

ANKARA (Sputnik) — The Court of Istanbul on Wednesday ordered the release of six individuals, accused of being involved in the June 2016 terrorist attack at the international Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, on bail, local media reported.

According to the Anadolu news agency, the case involves 46 suspects, four of whom are at large, with as many as 36 people still in detention.

Citizens of Algeria, Egypt, Russia, Tunisia, Turkey and Syria are among the suspects, the news outlet continued, adding that three of those who were released earlier in the day were foreigners.

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The Turkish prosecutor's office has prepared an indictment demanding that the accused be sentenced to life imprisonment for the total period of 3,342 years.

On June 28, 2016 three bombs were blown up at the international terminal of Ataturk Airport. The attacks claimed the lives of 44 people, including 19 foreign nationals, and injured 239 more. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan then stated that nationals of Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan were involved in the terrorist act, while the attack itself was organized by Daesh terrorist group.

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