KYIV (QHA) -

The delegation of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people laid flowers at the Turkish Embassy in Kyiv thereby honoring the memory of the victims of the terrorist act in the Istanbul international airport named after Kemal Ataturk that killed 41 people.

According to a QHA correspondent, the delegation included the leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev, Mejlis Chairman Refat Chubarov, Mejlis members Gayana Yuksel and Riza Shevkiev and a human rights activist Sinaver Kadyrov.

- This is not a tragedy, but a crime. These crimes became more frequent following the ebb in relations with Russia. It is known that once the relations with Russia get soured, the terrorists activate ... We express our sincere condolences. I am sure that such attacks won’t frighten Turkey, said Mustafa Dzhemilev.

After laying the flowers, the Mejlis members met with Charge d'Affaires of the Republic of Turkey in Ukraine, Ozgyun Talyu.

The Mufti of the Spiritual Managment of Muslims in Ukraine, Said Ismagilov also came to the Embassy in order to express his condolences and read a prayer (dua) for the victims.

- As soon as we heard what a terrible crime happened, we began praying for the souls of all the dead. Without a doubt, this is a great offense. A true Muslim will never kill the coreligionists. We are sorry that it happened in the holy month of Ramadan, said Ismagilov.

Three suicide bombers, allegedly IS terrorists, opened fire and then blew themselves up at the main international Istanbul airport named after Kemal Ataturk on Tuesday, June 28.

Citing the eyewitnesses the local media reports the shoot-out was heard following the explosion.

According to recent reports, the explosion in the Ataturk airport killed 41 people and left 239 injured with one Ukrainian women being among those killed.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the attack should be a turning point in the global fight against terrorism.

QHA