Security measures at Istanbul Atatürk Airport ramped up after terror attack
ISTANBUL – Doğan News Agency
AA photoConcrete barriers have been erected on roads leading to the domestic and international flights terminals at Istanbul Atatürk Airport, as part of new measures taken after the terror attack at the airport that claimed 45 lives on June 28.
The heavy concrete barriers were brought to the area with trucks and erected using lifting cranes, as part of wider measures taken at the city’s largest airport after three suspected Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants stormed its terminals, shooting at people with Kalashnikovs and later blowing themselves up.
Meanwhile, the company operating Istanbul’s airports, TAV, has armed all its security personnel with MP-5 type automatic guns and they have been tasked with conducting extra patrols inside the airport.
The police have also stepped up their work by dispatching armed special operations and riot police teams to the airport, where they will be on duty 24/7.
The number of patrols has also been stepped up, with some 30 police officers tasked with the extra duties.
Increased work on risk analysis and suspect profile evaluation has also been included in measures taken to prevent another terrorist attack at the airport.