"Faulty" Incident: Istanbul Keeps Cool

Very quick, yet curious response, to a recent incident in
Istanbul. Attack claimed by separatists, not given validation.

Turkish airport blaze

Istanbul| Ataturk International airport
As huge plumes of smoke blackened the sky, fifty fire engines,
planes, and firefighters from the air force academy arrived,
quickly, onto the scene, to extinguish the fire.

Amidst the claim of responsibility for the attack, sent
by the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (Tak) to pro-Kurdish
news agency Firat in the Netherlands...Authorities
say that a short circuit, may have been the cause, or
'goods catching fire from sparks of a welding machine'.
Istanbul, keeping cool...
British passenger Paul Collins said the black clouds
and flames were twice the height of the building.
He initially feared a plane had crashed...(Cross reference; BBC)

But as soon as he entered the main passenger terminal,
it was 'business as usual’. None in his portion of the
terminal were particularly phased..

"In the passenger terminal building, apart from a real
feeling of apprehension around, nothing appears to have
happened..."It is bizarre watching it out the window as
people are going about their business."


In its claim, the Tak militants said: "The sabotage is
a response to the policies of massacre followed by the
Turkish state towards the Kurds...

Istanbul deputy governor Fikret Kasapoglu says no-one
died in the fire and reports suggest just three people
have sustained light injuries and smoke inhalation.

But he added: "It was definitely not sabotage."
Further stating, "Damage was limited to material."

Turkey's largest airport
On European side of city
Domestic and international
Modern international terminal opened in 2000
60,000 passengers a day
15.6 million passengers in 2004

blog posts on istanbul
at The Truth Laid Bear
Jos | Ccat:

lgf has a report on this as well!
Istanbul Airport Fire Claimed by TAK


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