At least 10 people [UPDATE – toll now 28] have been killed and at least 60 others injured with casualties (being reportedly rushed to hospital in taxis) from a devastating gun and bomb attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk international airport, one of the top 3 busiest airports in Europe, this evening.
Turkey’s Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said one attacker “first opened fire with a Kalashnikov then detonated himself” at the airport entrance.
In total two bombs exploded. One of them was located just outside the international terminal on the pavement, the other was at the security gate at the entrance to the airport.
Authorities said no bombs exploded within the airport building itself, according to the minister.Police opened fire to stop the suspects at an entry point, Reuters reports. Turkish media report that two suicide bombers were involved and both were also killed.
“Ten people have been killed according to a preliminary toll,” Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said.
“According to the information I was given, a terrorist at the international terminal entrance first opened fire with a Kalashnikov and then blew himself up,” the minister added, according to the Associated Press.
Recent bomb attacks in Turkey have been linked to Kurdish separatists or the so-called Islamic State group.
A US State Department travel warning for Turkey, originally published in March and updated on Monday, urges US citizens to “exercise heightened vigilance and caution when visiting public access areas, especially those heavily frequented by tourists.”