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Turkish officials say they believe that the ISIS terrorist group was behind the attack at Ataturk Airport, which left at least 41 people dead and scores more injured.

Turkey’s Dogan News Agency cited police sources as saying: “ISIS is behind the attack” at Ataturk Airport, although there has not yet been any official confirmation.

Turkey's Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim, said Tuesday night that so far all indications point to the Islamic State (ISIS) group being behind the attack, adding the attackers arrived at the airport in a taxi and blew themselves up after opening fire. 41 people and three suicide bombers died in the attack at Istanbul's Ataturk airport which is located just outside of Istanbul.

ISIS has not yet claimed responsibility for the attack. However, yesterday marks exactly two years since the jihadist group proclaimed its so-called "Caliphate" or Islamic State over parts of Iraq and Syria under its control, shortly after the group's dramatic capture of Iraq's second city Mosul.

An ISIS-run newspaper yesterday criticized Turkish President Erdogan for his reconciliation deal with Israel and accused him of abandoning Islamic values.