Deadly suicide attack hit Ataturk airport in Istanbul

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Ambulance cars arrive at Turkey’s largest airport, Istanbul Ataturk, Turkey, following a blast June 28, 2016. (Reuters)

Two suicide bombers opened fire before blowing themselves up at the entrance to the main international airport in Istanbul on Tuesday, killing at least 10 people and wounding many more, Turkish officials and witnesses said.

“Unfortunately 10 people have been killed according to a preliminary toll,” Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said. 

However, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu agency said around 60 people were wounded with six of them seriously injured.

The suspects detonated their explosives just before the X-ray security check at the international terminal, a Turkish official said. Police fired shots to try to “neutralize” the suspects, the official added.

More than a dozen ambulances raced to Ataturk airport, CNN said.

CNN-Turk cited witnesses as saying two violent blasts shook the terminal, sparking panic among passengers.

“It was very strong, everyone panicked and started running in all directions,” one witness told CNN-Turk.

Police set up a perimeter around the site, television images showed. The airport is Turkey’s biggest and one of the busiest in the world.

After the attack, scheduled flights were not allowed to take off from Ataturk airport, and passengers were transferred to hotels, a Turkish airlines official said. However, the official said planes in the air will be allowed to land at the airport.

Meanwhile, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Tuesday she is awaiting a briefing on the blast at the airport in Istanbul, Turkey. “I’m awaiting a briefing on that matter right now … certainly we will be looking into it,” Lynch told reporters at a press conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

Turkey has been hit by a string of deadly attacks in the past year, blamed on both Kurdish rebels and ISIS militant group.

Agencies

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