Time: 9:24 p.m. CEST Update: 10:10 p.m. CEST; June 29, 7:28 a.m. CEST
Twins suicide bombs on Tuesday night hit the Istanbul’s international airport and leave at least 36 killed.
- Two suicide bombings at Ataturk airport in Istanbul
- Police shot at suspects in international arrivals hall
- Turkish Justice Minister: at least 10 killed
- About 40 people wounded according to Turkish media
- Third busiest airport in Europe, high security place
Hurryiet Daily News publishes Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ statement, who has stated, “the attacker first opened fire with Kalashnikov rifle and then blew himself up.” Bozdağ said that “one of the terrorists opened fire on people with automatic rifle and then blew himself up.”
Daily Sabah further says, the eyewitnesses saw some 30 ambulances enter the airport. The wounded, among them police officers, were being transferred to Bakırköy State Hospital.
Earlier, Turkish media report on sounds of explosion and gunfire at the Istanbul’s Ataturk airport.
The Associated Press says Turkish officials explained two explosions happened at the Istanbul airport, reporting multiple people injured.
A number of ambulances were deployed to the scene on June 28, says Hurryiet Daily News.
The footages from the airport showed terrified children and parents crouched among debris on the floor with screams heard in the background. Turkish officials said they suspected the blasts had been caused by suicide attacks. Atatürk airport is the third busiest European airport.
With hundreds of thousands of people traveling through each week, the attack raises serious questions over Turkey’s ability to secure the country. Turkey saw several bombings in recent months, related to either Kurdish or Islamic State group militants.
Here are some videos on social media in the aftermath of the explosions:
The airport canceled all flights after the explosion and closed arrivals and departures. The explosion happens one week before the end of the holy month of Ramadan, observed in Turkey.
This is developing story and it will be update accordingly.