Explosions Hit Turkey’s Largest Airport

Two explosions hit Istanbul’s main Ataturk airport on Tuesday, wounding several people, a Turkish official told Reuters.

Updated:

The two suicide bombers were killed at the Istanbul’s Airport after deadly attacks. Bozdag said one attacker “first opened fire with a Kalashnikov then detonated himself” at the airport entrance.
 
In total two bombs exploded. One of them was located just outside the terminal on the pavement, the other was at the security gate at the entrance to the airport.
 
Authorities said no bombs exploded within the airport building itself, according to the minister.
 
A Turkish official told CNN that police fired shots at suspects near the international terminal in an effort to neutralize them.
 
The first news:

A witness told broadcaster CNN Turk that gunfire was heard from the carpark at the airport, Turkey’s largest. Taxis were ferrying wounded people from the airport, the witness told CNN Turk.

Separately, an official told the Associated Press it was unclear whether the explosions were caused by bombs or a suicide attack. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government protocol.

The state-run TRT television said an explosion hit a control point at the international arrival terminal of the airport.
Turkish media reported the sound of gunfire at the scene, the AP reported. Turkey has suffered several bombings in recent months linked to Kurdish or Islamic State group militants. The bombings included two in Istanbul targeting tourists — which the authorities have blamed on the Islamic State group.

The attacks have increased in scale and frequency, scaring off tourists and hurting the economy, which relies heavily on tourism revenues. The Turkish lira weakened slightly against the dollar after the news.

At least 10 people were killed and multiple injured in twin explosions that rocked Ataturk Airport in Istanbul on Wednesday, says Turkish justice minster.

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