'I was shocked': Istanbul native refelcts on airport attack

Three suicide attackers killed at least 41 people
Posted at 12:38 PM, Jun 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-30 14:19:57-04
U.S. officials are on high alert following the airport attack in Istanbul where three suicide attackers killed at least 41 people.
This is the latest in a string of violence in that region. Ayman Munzur, a Waukesha cafe owner who used to call Istanbul home, is keeping a close eye on what is going on there.
"I was shocked. It's so sad. We tried to contact our family and thank goodness they are OK," Munzur said.

Munzur moved to Waukesha 11 years ago and opened up  Cafe De Arts on West Saint Paul.

"I have several messages on Facebook of people praying for us. I appreciate that. It's so sad," he said. 

One day after the attack, Munzur said he continues to monitor social media. 

Turkey has faced a string of terrorist attacks over the past year as it confronts threats from both the Islamic state and Kurdish militants fighting a war with the Turkish state in the southeast. 

"Over there, right now, every day something is happening," Munzur said.

That's why Munzur has decided not to send his 6-year-old daughter Claire and 13-year-old son Justin to visit family  in Istanbul right now. 

"My wife's side of the family is asking us to send them for the summer  but now we are more worried. We think we are going to hold off for a couple of years until everything settles down," Munzur said.