An American who witnessed Tuesday’s triple suicide bombing at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport that killed 41 and injured at least 239 has described the horrific scene.
“They had cuts. People were very badly injured,” Adam Keally from Boston, Massachusetts, said. “One guy had holes in his back from shrapnel or from glass.”
Keally, who had recently been working in Africa to combat malaria, described the scenes of chaos in the airport during the attack.
“People were shooting on one side and we all ran the other way,” Kealy, a recent Fordham University graduate, said.
“Then the bombs went off and people started running the other way and there was more shooting. We came out and after that I think there was another bomb, but I’m not really sure,” Keally added.
The attack began began just before 10 p.m. when two gunmen fired automatic weapons at a security checkpoint before detonating their explosives.
A third man set off a bomb inside the airport’s parking lot.
Among those killed were 23 Turkish citizens and 13 foreign nationals – none are believed to be Americans, a U.S. State Department official tells PEOPLE.
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Surveillance cameras stationed throughout the airport captured the moment one of the bombs detonated, sending pedestrians racing from the fireball.
A second video seems to show one of the gunmen being shot by security as he runs through the airport, firing his weapon. The gunman can be seen in the clip lying on the ground, fiddling with a detonator before blowing himself up.
While responsibility for the bombings has yet to be claimed, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has firmly pointed the finger at ISIS.
The terrorist group has previously called for their members to stage attacks during the holy month of Ramadan and has also focused attention on Turkey.
Over the past year, Turkey has endured a spate of terror attacks due to campaigns by both ISIS and Kurdish militants. In March, 37 people were killed by a Kurdish militant car bomb that exploded in the Turkish capital. One month before, 28 people died in an attack on Turkish security forces in Ankara, also orchestrated by Kurdish militants.