Ten people killed, 20 injured, in explosion at Istanbul airport



An ambulance arrives at the Ataturk airpor in Istanbul, Turkey. Reuters/Osman Orsal
An ambulance arrives at the Ataturk airpor in Istanbul, Turkey. Reuters/Osman Orsal
Two explosions have been reported at Istanbul's Ataturk airport, leaving ten people dead and around 20 others injured, according to Turkey's Justice Minister.


The Turkish justice minister confirmed that ten people were killed and 20 were injured in the explosions.
Two suspects blew themselves up at Istanbul's Ataturk airport on Tuesday, detonating their explosives just before the security check at the international terminal, a Turkish official said.
Police fired shots to try to "neutralise" the suspects, the official said.
Pictures posted on social media from the site showed wounded people lying on the ground inside and outside one of the terminal buildings.
Broadcaster CNN Turk said Turkish officials suspected that suicide bombers were behind the attack but there was no official confirmation of this.
Footage from broadcasters, including CNN Turk, showed ambulances rushing to the scene.
One witness told CNN Turk that gunfire was heard from the car park at the airport. Taxis were ferrying wounded people from the airport, the witness said.
Turkey has suffered a spate of bombings this year, including two suicide attacks in tourist areas of Istanbul blamed on Islamic State, and two car bombings in the capital, Ankara, which were claimed by a Kurdish militant group.
In the most recent attack, a car bomb ripped through a police bus in central Istanbul during the morning rush hour, killing 11 people and wounding 36 near the main tourist district, a major university and the mayor's office.
Turkey, which is part of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State, is also fighting Kurdish militants in its largely Kurdish southeast.
Reuters
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