Several suicide bombers have hit Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, killing nearly 50 people and wounding dozens of others, Istanbul’s governor and other officials said Tuesday.
Turkey’s NTV television quoted Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin as saying three suicide bombers carried out the attack. Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag earlier said that according to preliminary information, “a terrorist at the international terminal entrance first opened fire with a Kalashnikov and then blew himself up.”
Another official said attackers detonated explosives at the entrance of the international terminal after police fired at them. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government protocol, said the attackers blew themselves up before entering the x-ray security check at the airport entrance.
Turkish airports have security checks at both at the entrance of terminal buildings and then later before entry to departure gates. Roads around the airport were sealed off for regular traffic after the attack and several ambulances could be seen driving back and forth.
Hundreds of passengers were spilling out of the airport with their suitcases in hand or stacked onto trolleys. Others were sitting on the grass, their bodies lit by the flashing lights of ambulances and police cars. Read more on YWN.