Suicide Bombers Attacked Turkey's Largest Airport
Dozens of people are dead, a Turkish official said.
BY Michael Sebastian | Jun 29, 2016 | Culture
Several explosions as well as gunfire rocked Istanbul's Ataturk airport on last night, killing at least 31 people and wounding at least 60 others, a senior Turkish official said.
As many as four attackers were responsible for the blasts, with two suspects possibly blowing themselves up after police opened fire. At least one of the bombers also fired an automatic weapon before detonating himself, according to The New York Times.
One bomber detonated himself just outside the terminal on the pavement, according to CNN, while the other blew himself up before entering the x-ray security check at the airport entrance.
No one has taken responsibility for the attack yet, but a top Turkish official told The Associated Press that the Islamic State is likely to blame.
Paul Roos, a South African tourist traveling with his wife Susie, said he heard shots and then saw a man with a gun. "We came up from the arrivals to the departures, up the escalator when we heard these shots going off," he said. "There was this guy going roaming around, he was dressed in black and he had a hand gun."
Istanbul Atatürk International, which is located on the European side of the city, is Turkey's largest airport. Last year, it was the 11th busiest in the world. Like other airports in Turkey, the security checks are found at both the entrance to the terminal building and before entry to the departure gates.
Video of at least one of the explosions as well as the rescue efforts circulated on Twitter yesterday.
Turkey has suffered several bombings in recent months linked to Kurdish or Islamic State group militants, including two in Istanbul targeting tourists, which the authorities have blamed on the Islamic State group.
From: Esquire US.