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Mourning the victims

Swiss express shock and sympathy over Turkish bombing

Switzerland has expressed its sympathies for the Turkish people and all those affected by a triple suicide bombing at the Istanbul Ataturk airport on Tuesday night.

The attack has left at least 36 people dead and 150 wounded. As of Wednesday morning the Swiss foreign ministry did not know of any Swiss victims of the incident, but was still working to completely rule this out.

In a statement, the ministry said it was in contact with the local authorities in Turkey.

Swiss President Johann Schneider-Amman released a statement on Wednesday morning saying that Switzerland was “shocked by the terrible attack” on Istanbul airport. “We mourn the victims. Our thoughts are with them, the many injured and their families.”

The Swiss cabinet expressed its sympathies to the Turkish people and government, and to all other affected nations.

Flights cancelled

Swiss International Airlines cancelled all flights to and from Istanbul on Wednesday morning, saying this was due to an “ongoing assessment of the situation”.

The cancellations affected two flights on Wednesday between Zurich and the Turkish city.

The airline has been informing all passengers who had been planning to fly. Those who still wish to fly to Turkey in the near future will be able to rebook to travel by September 30 without extra cost.

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