Death toll reaches 41 in Istanbul attack

The death toll continues to climb in the Istanbul airport attack.

Forty-one people are now confirmed dead after suicide bombers attacked Istanbul’s international airport Tuesday.

The White House called the attack “heinous” and said that the United States stands firm with Turkey in the Global fight against terrorism.

A number of police officers are among the dead and more than 140 were injured in the attack.

Officials believe three suicide bombers fired shots with automatic rifles before blowing themselves up at a security checkpoint at the international terminal

Turkey’s Prime Minister says security tried to stop them before they detonated the explosives.

Airport workers say the situation was chaotic as the attackers ambushed people at the terminal.

The Turkish Prime Minister believes ISIS is the blame, but U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says that has not been verified.

The Federal Aviation Authority has lifted its restriction on flights between Turkey and the U.S. which went into effect after the attack.

Now airports across America are beefing up security, and the Department of Homeland Security says the agency is closely monitoring developments here at home following the events in Istanbul.

Travelers should expect to see increased patrols at major airports across the U.S. both curbside and inside at ticket counters and baggage claim.

Officers will be armed with tactical weapons and equipment.

Many airports have already stepped up security ahead of the busy Fourth of july travel weekend.

Additional police officers are being deployed to airports in New York, Miami, Los Angeles and we expect to see a bigger security presence here in Orlando.

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