Hrithik Roshan and his sons were at Istanbul airport before attack

  • Subhash K Jha, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 29, 2016 17:36 IST
Hrithik is currently on a holiday with his sons. He was returning from Africa to back home via Istanbul. (Twitter)

On Tuesday night, it could have been a terribly critical situation for Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan and his two sons Hredhaan and Hrehaan who were returning from their vacation at the Serengeti National park in Tanzania via Istanbul. The trio was at the Instanbul airport a little before three suicide bombers attacked, killing 36 and injuring close to 150 people.

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When we touched base with Hrithik, he and his sons were safe and sound. Hrithik said, “We missed our connecting flight in Instanbul.We were stuck at the Istanbul Ataturk airport.We were supposed to wait for 18 hours for the next flight out. But we preferred to fly economy class and took an earlier flight out of Istanbul.”

Hrithik and his sons Hrehaan and Hridaan are shaken by how close they were to the crisis that killed many just a few hours later. The 42-year-old actor took to his Twitter handle to share the news and said, “missed connecting flight at Istanbul n wer stuck at airport next flight ws next day,but took economy n flew out earlier. #Prayers4istanbul.”

The Bang Bang star was on a vacation in Spain and Africa with his sons Hrehaan and Hridhaan and was on way to India via Istanbul.

The attack on Europe’s third-busiest airport is one of the deadliest in a series of suicide bombings in Turkey, which is struggling to contain the spillover from neighbouring Syria’s civil war and battling an insurgency by Kurdish militants in its southeast.

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One attacker opened fire in the departures hall with an automatic rifle, sending passengers diving for cover and trying to flee, before all three blew themselves up in or around the arrivals hall a floor below, witnesses and officials said.

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