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Turkey airport attack: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump respond to the Istanbul bombings

The presumed nominees respond to the deadly attacks

Justin Carissimo
New York
Wednesday 29 June 2016 00:07 BST

US presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have responded to the suicide bombings at Turkey’s largest airport.

Two explosions took the lives of at least 41 people and wounded 239 others. A senior Turkish official told the Associated Press on Tuesday that the death count is expected to reach 50 victims.

While details emerged in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, both presumptive nominees offered different perspectives of the attack in Istanbul.

“Terrorists have struck again in the heart of one of our NATO allies,” Clinton said in a statement. “Today’s attack in Istanbul only strengthens our resolve to defeat the forces of terrorism and radical jihadism around the world. And it reminds us that the United States cannot retreat. We must deepen our cooperation with our allies and partners in the Middle East and Europe to take on this threat.”

She continued by offering her thoughts and prayers with the victims and families involved as well as all Turkish people.

Trump offered his own statement to reporters offering his prayers with the families and victims involved in the attack. “The whole world is stunned and horrified,” he began.

“The terrorist threat has never been greater. Our enemies are brutal and ruthless and will do anything to murder those who do not bend to their will. We must take steps now to protect America from terrorists, and do everything in our power to improve our security to keep America safe.”

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