The aftermath of the terrorist attack in Ataturk airport is horrific. Recent statistics indicate that forty-two people are now pronounced dead with the most recent being a woman who worked in catering at the airport succumbed to her injuries. Istanbul’s governor’s website posts that thirty-seven of the victims have been identified. Deaths include thirteen foreign nationals and three with dual citizenship. Turkey’s health minister reports that 41 people are still in intensive care following the attack.
In addition to the deaths, over 230 people were wounded.
So far, Turkish police have arrested thirteen people in connection with the attack. Local police report that they have arrested people with links to the terrorist attack. Among the suspects are three foreign nationals.
Terrorism on a Large Scale
Ataturk airport is the third busiest airport in the continent, and the largest in Turkey. The airport boasts more than 41 million travelers in 2015 according to their website.
The airport has since reopened for flights and departures as of 2:20 am local time on Wednesday.
The terrorist attack is believed to have links to ISIS, although no terrorist group has claimed responsibility yet. What we do know for certain are the attacks are continually growing each week.
Hundreds of terrorist attacks have been reported since the November 13 attack in Paris. A timeline along with the terrorist group has been listed on USA Today’s website.
The “background” to this story is that Turkey is part of a U.S. led military coalition against Islamic State. It houses 3 million refugees from neighboring Syria due to the civil war.
Islamic State has a self-declared caliphate of Syria and Iraq. It has also declared war on non-Muslims and Muslims alike who do not accept it’s hardline vision of Sunni Islam. This vision has led to the attacks in Paris, Brussels, and many others reported globally.[graphiq id=”jjEzGYFSsm1″ title=”Sunni Islam” width=”500″ height=”737″ url=”https://w.graphiq.com/w/jjEzGYFSsm1″ link=”https://www.graphiq.com” link_text=”Visualization by Graphiq” ]
Christians Need to Pray!
Christians should pray for God to protect each nation, first and foremost. No person should live in fear for their life, nor endure persecution. Blood should not stain our streets due to violent acts. The streets should be filled with rejoicing- not screaming.
As terrorists are being filled with the notion of praying that people turn to their mandate for Islam, equally Christians should pray that their eyes should be opened to the truth. There have been numerous reports that Muslim terrorists have converted after having an encounter with Jesus- the prayers are working! So, let’s continue to unite in prayer and let God do the rest! Our spiritual fight is never too late, as God can take care of things supernaturally.
Pray, too, for those engaged in the military as they are protecting our countries and fighting for the freedom that we selfishly enjoy. On home soil, we fight for rights and are privileged to be able to voice our concerns. In other countries, opposition is violently eradicated and loyalty is demanded. People walk with Jesus in their hearts in secret when it should be loudly proclaimed. That, in of itself, is a travesty.
Pray that God protect those that are serving, our countries, and our families. May those that serve return home alive, well, and unscathed. May God protect them as they defend our freedoms, and may no harm come to them. Pray for those involved in the attack in Ataturk Airport and their families. Pray healing for those still injured. Pray that this violence will stop, in Jesus name. Pray for revival- that nations would come to know Christ. Revival is soon to come.
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