Three suspected Daesh militants armed with automatic weapons stormed Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul and detonated their suicide vests in June 2016, killing 45 people and injuring 163 others.

Passengers are seen at the Ataturk International Airport after the air traffic and working process returned to normal following terror attack in Istanbul, Turkey on July 1, 2016.
Passengers are seen at the Ataturk International Airport after the air traffic and working process returned to normal following terror attack in Istanbul, Turkey on July 1, 2016. (AA)

The trial against dozens of suspects accused of involvement in last year's deadly attack on Istanbul's main international airport began on Monday.

Forty-six defendants, with alleged links to the Daesh, are on trial for murder, attempting to overthrow constitutional order and membership in a terror group, among other charges. 

The prosecutor has demanded life sentences.

On June 28, 2016, three suspected Daesh militants armed with automatic weapons stormed Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul and detonated their suicide vests, killing 45 people and injuring 163 others.

The defendants include Russian nationals, among them Chechens, along with Algerian, Tunisian, Egyptian, Syrian and Turkish citizens, according to details of the indictment reported by Turkey's official Anadolu Agency.

The indictment identified the deceased attackers as Vadim Osmanav and Rakhim Bulgarov, while the third man's name remains unknown. 

Anadolu Agency said the perpetrators made reconnaissance trips to Ataturk airport on at least three occasions before the attack.

The trial is taking place in Silivri, on the outskirts of Istanbul by a large prison complex. Four of the suspects haven't yet been found, while the rest are behind bars.

Turkey has suffered a string of attacks blamed on Daesh militants that have killed more than 300 people since 2015.

Source: AP