Explosions And Gunfire Reported At Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport

Several people are wounded after a blast at the airport, local media say.

06/28/2016 03:23 pm ET | Updated 0 minutes ago

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Turkish Airlines aircrafts are parked at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey April 6, 2016. 

ISTANBUL — At least two suicide bombers attacked the international arrivals terminal at Istanbul Ataturk Airport late Tuesday evening following a shootout with Turkish police, according to a senior Turkish official, killing at least eight people and themselves.

The attackers did not manage to make it through the security gate before detonating their explosives.

“Police fired shots at suspects at the international terminal’s entry, before security check in an effort to neutralize them,” according to a senior Turkish official. “Two suspects blew themselves up.”

The Turkish justice minister Broadcasters NTV and CNN Turk said several people were injured in the blast, and showed ambulances rushing to the scene.

Graphic images on social media showed bloodied victims lying on the ground outside the terminal, where yellow taxis normally line up to shuttle travelers into the city.

Ataturk airport is the main international airport serving Istanbul, and the largest in the country.

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