- Two explosions, together with gunfire, took place moments ago at Ataturk International Aiport in Istanbul, the third largest airport in Europe, according to Bloomberg and the major newswires. The interior ministry adds that there have been multiple injuries following the explosions, while CNN Turk adds that there are casualties.
- 2 EXPLOSIONS OCCURED IN ISTANBUL ATATURK AIRPORT: INTERIOR MIN.
MULTIPLE INJURIES IN ISTANBUL AIRPORT BLASTS: INTERIOR MIN.
TAXIS FERRYING WOUNDED PEOPLE FROM ISTANBUL AIRPORT – WITNESS ON CNN TURK
TURKISH JUSTICE MINISTER SAYS 10 DEAD IN ISTANBUL AIRPORT ATTACK
It was not immediately clear what caused the explosions. An eye witness told CNN Turk television that blasts took place shortly after gun fire between police officers and unknown persons near the airport’s car park. CNN Turk also adds that casualties have been reported.
Turkish media adds that two grenades were thrown into the airport while Reuters writes that the suspects detonated explosive before passing x-ray security check citing a Turkish official. According to Twitter reports, the attack took place in the parking lot.
According to Reuters at least 40 have been injured.
More details from CBS:
Turkish officials say at least two explosions rock country’s largest airport in Istanbul on Tuesday, leaving multiple people injured.
- A witness told broadcaster CNN Turk that gunfire was heard from the car park at Ataturk airport. Turkish official said Tuesday 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. airport. Taxis were ferrying wounded people from the airport, the witness told CNN Turk.
- Turkey has suffered several bombings in recent months linked to Kurdish or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants.
- The attacks have increased in scale and frequency, scaring off tourists and hurting the economy, which relies heavily on tourism revenues.
- In December, a blast at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen killed one person and wounded another. Both were cleaners. Kurdish rebels later claimed responsibility for the explosion, believed to have been caused by a bomb.