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Pope Francis prays for victims of Istanbul airport attack

Passengers embrace each other on the entrance to Istanbul's Ataturk airport (AP)

Pope Francis has prayed for the victims and family members of the Istanbul airport attack that took place on Tuesday.

The Pope expressed his condolences during his Angelus address on Wednesday morning, Vatican Radio reports.

“Yesterday evening, in Istanbul, a brutal terrorist attack was committed, which has killed and injured many people,” he said.

“We pray for the victims, for their families, and for the beloved people of Turkey. May the Lord convert the hearts of the violent, and sustain our feet on the way of peace.”

The Pope asked those gathered in St Peter’s Square to join him in silent prayer.

The gun and bomb attack on Ataturk airport has left 41 people dead with more than 230 injured, officials say.

Three attackers arrived in a taxi and started shooting at a terminal entrance on Tuesday evening. They blew themselves up once police fired back.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has said initial reports suggest ISIS is behind the attack, but no organisation has yet claimed responsibility.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has taken to Twitter to offer his condolences for those killed or injured at Ataturk airport.

He also said the attack had “shocked the world” and asked “God to grant strength and enduring faith to all who are bereaved, injured & traumatised”.