Trinidadian among survivors in Instanbul terrorist attack

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The aftermath of the attack at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey. (Credit: Reuters)


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Thursday June 30, 2016 – A Trinidadian woman was among those who escaped unhurt in a triple suicide bombing at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey on Tuesday, in which 44 people were killed and more than 230 wounded.

Local media is quoting the family of Sherlin Stewart, an employee of Royal Caribbean, as saying the woman escaped “without a scratch” in the terrorist attack.

Three men, later said to be from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, had detonated suicide vests in three different areas in the airport after opening fire.

Stewart fled when she heard the explosions, and while she managed to get to safety, at least 13 other foreigners from China, Jordan, Tunisia, Uzbekistan, Iran and Ukraine, were killed.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Foreign Affairs Ministry confirmed that Stewart, who was said to be en route to the Mediterranean for work, had been located, accommodation provided for her at a hotel, and arrangements made for her to continue on her journey.

The Trinidad and Tobago Guardian newspaper quoted one of Stewart’s relatives as saying that the woman had described the scene as “utter chaos” and said she was traumatized by the incident.

CNN reports that the three suicide bombers entered Turkey about a month ago and their attack was well planned with the leadership of terrorist group ISIS.

Authorities have detained 22 people in connection with the attack.

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