Saudi leaders condemn terror attack in Turkey

Saudi leaders condemn terror attack in Turkey

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman

MAKKAH — Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman; Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior; and Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, second deputy premier and minister of defense, sent separate cables of condolences to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the deadly terrorist attack at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul.

They said in their cables: “We learned with grief about the terrorist attack that took place at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul which resulted in deaths and injuries. As we strongly condemn these criminal acts, we, on behalf of the government and people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, condole Your Excellency, the families of the victims and the brotherly Turkish people, praying to Allah Almighty to bestow His mercy upon the victims and give speedy recovery to the injured people.”

An official source at the Foreign Affairs Ministry said that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia condemns and denounces the terrorist attacks in Istanbul.
The source confirmed the Kingdom’s solidarity with Turkey.

Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif
Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif
Other Gulf countries also offered their condolences to Turkey and condemned the attack.

According to WAM, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, expressed the condolences of the UAE to the Turkish government and the families of the victims, wishing the injured a speedy recovery.

Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman
Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman
Sheikh Abdullah also condemned the heinous terrorist act which contradicts all religions, human values and principles. He also asserted the solidarity of the UAE’s leadership, government and people, with Turkey, in its fight against extremism and terrorism, and reiterated support for efforts to establish security and peace.

Sheikh Abdullah went on to stress the need for a concerted international effort to confront violence and terrorism in all its forms and sources.

Denouncing the cowardly attack, Qatari and Bahraini foreign ministries said that such attacks run counter to all moral values and human principles as well as the teachings of revealed religions.


  1. The latest attack on civil aviation as perpetrated by ISIL aligned terrorists on Atatürk International Airport on 28th June 2016, a second such attack in 3 months after the Brussels one of March 22nd 2016, with almost similar M.O may not as yet signify the beginning of a pattern of attacks, but surely is a matter of grave concern especially since both the attacks happened within extensions of the often poorly secured airport Front of the House-FoH arena.

    Airport FoH refers to those non-screened, publicly accessible areas of airport terminals and their surrounds, outside of the sterile area, where people routinely gather. It is rather absurd that, we in the Industry’s security side of the coin, hardly seem to learn from previous occurrences, let alone acknowledge simple facts such as, FoH being targeted internationally by both organized terrorist groups and lone actors with varying capabilities, for the last 4 decades or so albeit sporadically. FoH areas include, but are not limited to:

    Vehicle approach ways:
    Vehicle set down and pick up locations;
    Taxi queues;
    Valet parking;
    Evacuation area and muster points;
    Inter-modal interchanges (e.g. train stations and bus stops);
    Footpaths or roadways immediately outside the terminal;
    Arrivals and departures lounges outside sterile areas;
    Passengers check-in counters, customer service points; and Screening points.

    FoH areas are often crowded with travelers, airport employees and members of the public, and unlike aircraft and airside areas, are mostly accessible without proper screening and without the need to purchase a ticket, making them particularly vulnerable to terrorist attacks with catastrophic consequences. The combination of ease of access to FoH and the crowds, means reconnaissance and pre-attack planning could possibly be carried out covertly. Additionally, execution of an attack in FoH may require less capability than an attack against a more security-hardened target, such as a large aircraft.

    Broadly speaking, FoH areas are equally vulnerable at all airports, but larger airports especially international ones gather larger crowds which makes them more attractive to the emerging brand of neo- brand of terrorists who wish to cause mass casualties. Additionally, FoH areas of international airports include check-in counters for national flag carriers, which often attract large numbers of citizens from the airline’s home country. In the past, these characteristics have been exploited by terrorist to target specific nationalities, a lesson the Boxing day 1985 El Al attacks in Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci and Vienna’s Schwechat airports are a stark reminder of.

    Certain FoH areas such as taxi queues, arrivals areas and the exits to customs hall are well-known to be prone to congestion during arrivals and departures. Scheduled check-in times mean that potential terrorists are also able to predict times of peak crowd congestion in FoH areas, to maximize the chance of large number of casualties during an attack. There are many crowded, confined areas within FoH, which combined with the panic which would be generated during an attack, make it difficult for members of the public to escape attackers. In these crowded areas, a lone attacker is particularly challenging to detect as proven by both the Brussels and now Atatürk attack.

    Paranoia aside, the Atatürk airport attack is a wake-up call to all…