‘This is not an act of terrorism’: US, British condemn attack on Istanbul airport

Turkey’s foreign ministry said Friday that an attack on a Turkish military airbase that left 19 people dead and at least 23 wounded was a “terrorist attack.”

In a statement, the ministry said the incident occurred Wednesday night at the airbase in the Turkish city of Cizre.

It did not say who was behind the attack, but the ministry noted that the country has seen more than 100 terrorist attacks since the beginning of the year.

The attack took place in the midst of the holiday season, the statement said.

The ministry said there were no reports of any fatalities or serious injuries.

The Istanbul governor’s office has ordered an investigation into the attack and the interior minister has ordered a review of security procedures at the base, the Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Earlier Friday, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the country’s security services had uncovered a link between the attack on the airfield and Islamic State.

The attack comes days after an attack by Islamic State militants at a checkpoint outside the northern Iraqi city of Mosul that left at least 21 people dead.

The two attacks in Turkey have sparked a backlash against Turkey, which has become the target of a U.S.-led coalition conducting air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.