Turkey airport attack: 10 killed in explosions at Istanbul Atatürk

Turkey airport Ambulance cars arrive at Turkey’s largest airport, Istanbul Atatürk, on Tuesday night after two explosions killed at least 10 people. Photograph: Osman Orsal/Reuters
Turkey airport
Ambulance cars arrive at Turkey’s largest airport, Istanbul Atatürk, on Tuesday night after two explosions killed at least 10 people. Photograph: Osman Orsal/Reuters

{THE GUARDIAN} – Police opened fire on two suspects who then blew themselves up outside security checkpoint at international terminal, Turkish officials say

At least ten people have been killed in an attack on Turkey’s largest airport, Istanbul Atatürk, according to the country’s justice minister.

Two suspects blew themselves up outside the security checkpoint at the entry to the international terminal, after police opened fire on them, according to another Turkish official.

A spokesperson for the Istanbul police told the Guardian that “a bomb exploded at the airport and there are many casualties”, adding that the exact number is not yet known.

Preliminary reports suggested that at least ten people were killed in the attack, justice minister Bekir Bozdağ told parliament in Ankara.

The police spokesperson said that one person, “maybe a terrorist”, opened fire at police guarding the outside of the airport in order to gain access to the international terminal before detonating a bomb, “maybe a suicide bomb”.

State-run TRT television said an explosion hit a control point at the international terminal of the airport.

A witness told broadcaster CNN Turk that gunfire was also heard from the car park at the airport. Taxis and ambulances were ferrying wounded people from the airport.

The attackers are believed to have used AK-47 assault rifles in their initial attack. A picture of what appears to be an AK-47 rifle on the floor was being circulated on social media on Tuesday night.

Videos shown by TRT showed travelers being evacuated to safety.

Police barred access to the airport, and some flights have been diverted away from Istanbul.

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