Istanbul airport attackers jailed for life

Six people who attacked Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport in June 2016 were handed life sentences by an Istanbul court on Friday.

Fourty-five people were killed and more than 230 were injured at Atatürk Airport on June 28, 2016, when persons thought to be linked to the extremist jihadist Islamic State launched simultaneous suicide bomb and automatic weapons attacks on the airport.

Rıza Coşkun, Levent Uysal, Ahmet Kaplan, Eyüp Demir, Ahmet Dizlek and Djamel Slimani were found guilty of 45 counts of premeditated murder and of violating the constitution, and each received 46 life sentences.

The six also received sentences for 142 counts of attempted murder and 45 counts of damage to property.

With 46 life sentences each and a total of 2,604 years in prison accrued from the other crimes, none of the six are likely to ever be released.

Turkey was hit by a wave of terrorist attacks in 2016, with at least seven that year thought to have been the work of the Islamic State.