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Turkish officials have revealed the timeline of the triple suicide attack at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport, which killed at least 41 people.
According to an interior ministry official, all three attackers arrived at the arrivals level by taxi before the first attacker went into the terminal, opened fire and blew himself up near the X-ray machines.
This gave the second attacker the chance to get upstairs to the departures level of the airport, where he also blew himself up.
The third of the three attackers waited outside and detonated his explosives as people ran from the blasts inside.
Meanwhile, both the country's prime minister Binali Yildirim and its interior minister Efkan Ala said early indications pointed to Islamic State, with Mr Ala adding that authorities believe they were also foreign nationals.
CIA director John Brennan agreed, saying that the attack, which left more than 230 people injured, "bears all the hallmarks" of the terror group's "depravity".
There has not yet been any claim of responsibility but Mr Brennan, speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations, said this was "not very surprising".
He added that "in most incidences, if not all, ISIS is not claiming attacks perpetrated inside Turkey.
"They carry out these attacks to gain the benefits from it in terms of sending a signal to our Turkish partners while at the same time not wanting to potentially alienate some of those inside Turkey who they may still be trying to gain the support of."
Turkey is battling threats from Islamic State jihadists and Kurdish militants and the airport attack is the latest in a series of incidents that have killed at least 260 people during the past year.
Meanwhile, it was revealed that a Tunisian man killed in the attacks had been in Turkey trying to secure the release of his son, who had been detained for joining Islamic State.
Colonel Fathi Bayoudh was a military doctor who is understood to have been in Turkey for several weeks working with diplomats in an effort to bring his son home.
The head of consular affairs at Tunis' foreign ministry, Faycal Ben Mustapha, told AFP that the Tunisian consulate in Istanbul had been in contact "with the Bayoudh family since December".
"It was to do with their son. We don't know exactly what he did, but he went to Iraq and then Syria and ended up in detention in Turkey," he said.
Mr Bayoudh's son, who was not identified, was accused of having joined IS in Syria and had agreed to leave the group to return to Istanbul, according to Tunisian media.
The son, aged in his 20s, had been arrested in Turkey and was awaiting extradition to Tunis, where his Col Bayoudh had worked in the city's military hospital as head of the paediatric service.
It is believed Mr Bayoudh had been at the airport to meet his wife when he was killed in the attack.
Tunisia has also been the target of jihadist attacks, such as one in which a lone gunman opened fire on a beach in the resort of Sousse, killing 38 people, most of them British tourists.
It is thought thousands of Tunisians may have travelled to Syria, Iraq or their neighbour Libya to join IS or similar groups.