Deadly Suicide Bombings Hit Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport

ISTANBUL — Two suicide bombers detonated explosives in the international arrivals terminal at Istanbul Ataturk Airport late Tuesday evening, killing at least 10 people and themselves, according to a senior Turkish official.

At least 60 people were also wounded in the blast, Turkey’s state-run news agency reported.

One attacker fired an automatic weapon, the country’s justice minister told The New York Times. A senior Turkish official told The WorldPost that police shot at the attackers outside the security gate. The pair did not make it through before detonating their explosives.

“Police fired shots at suspects at the international terminal’s entry, before security check, in an effort to neutralize them,” the official said. “Two suspects blew themselves up.”

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Graphic images on social media showed bloodied victims lying on the ground outside the terminal, where yellow taxis normally line up to shuttle travelers into the city.

Ataturk, Turkey’s largest airport, is the main international airport serving Istanbul. All flights are suspended at the airport in the wake of the attack, local media reported, and Facebook has activated its Safety Check feature for the surrounding area.

Dazed travelers in the airport’s domestic terminal made phone calls to loved ones and waited for information, according to one woman at the terminal. She added that she was getting updates from the news, as no airport employees or security officers were currently present.

Turkey has been reeling from months of attacks targeting both tourists and security forces.

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