Moscow has no data proving or rejecting the information about the possible participation of Russian national in the terrorist attack at Istanbul Ataturk airport, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on June 30. The statement was made after mass media had provided the information that one of the three suicide bombers could have been a native of Russia’s North Caucasus Republic of Chechnya.
“I can’t say that undoubtedly this is the information, which is exchanged, in the first place, among special services,” Peskov said.
The Kremlin spokesman also said that he didn’t hear that “some data, some information was requested about whether this was a Russian national or not”.
“This will, perhaps, become known with time but I don’t have such information,” Peskov said.
Russian Ambassador in Turkey, Andrei Karlov, also said that he has no information, whether there were citizens of the Russian Federation among the perpetrators of the terrorist attack in Istanbul.
“I didn’t receive such information,” Karlov noted.
A native of Russia’s North Caucasus Republic of Chechnya, Ahmed Chatayev, could have been the organizer of the terrorist attack, Yeni Safak newspaper reported, citing Turkish security sources.
According to the DHA news agency, one of the suicide bombers could have been Russian citizen of Chechen origin, Osman Vadinov. Meanwhile, The Guardian reported that the three suicide bombers were a Russian, an Uzbek and a Kyrgyz.
Forty two people, including 13 foreigners, were killed by the suicide bombers attack at the international terminal of Istanbul airport on June 28. Two hundred thirty eight people were wounded. No group claimed responsibility, but the Turkish government suspected the Islamic state (IS).