President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a condolence message to the Government and people of the Republic of Turkey, following a deadly terror attack at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport late Tuesday, June 28.
Turkey is observing a national day of mourning after a gun and suicide bomb attack on Istanbul's Ataturk airport killed 41 people, including 13 foreign nationals. Officials say 239 people were injured, with 41 still in intensive care. Late Tuesday, June 28, three attackers arrived in a taxi and began firing at the terminal entrance. They blew themselves up after police fired back. According to a Foreign Ministry release, in the condolence message to her Turkish counterpart, Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Pesident of the Republic of Turkey, President Sirleaf, on behalf of the Government and people of Liberia and in her own name, extended heartfelt condolences to the Government and people of Turkey, particularly the bereaved families for the irreparable loss sustained. “As we join you and the rest of the world in condemning such heinous and inhumane act, we in Liberia, wish to assure you that Liberia stands by you, during this period of grief and national mourning,” the Liberian leader assured Turkish President Erdoğan. While expressing her deepest sympathy to the Turkish President, President Sirleaf indicated that it is her sincere prayer that Allah, The Most Gracious and Most Merciful, will grant him, the people of Turkey, and the families of the victims the fortitude to endure such irreparable loss.